April 25, 2011 by Julie Montanaro
Former Leon County Schools Payroll Supervisor Jackie Hutto entered a plea to grand theft charges in court this morning.
She was sentenced to 10 years on probation, ordered to do 100 hours of community service and will have to pay restitution to the school board.
Defense attorney Tim Jansen says the plea was in everyone's best interest. Hutto had no previous record, he said, and this allows her to work toward paying back that money.
The amount of restitution is still being debated. Prosecutors say a forensic audit done by the school system showed losses at $63,000 and the cost of the audit itself was another $24,000.
Prosecutor Nathan Prince says the school board's main concern in this case was recovering the money. "It doesn't do any good to have her sitting in jail or in prison somewhere," he said. If she is not able to pay restitution, she would be in violation of her probation, Prince said.
1.28.2011 5:40pm by Julie Montanaro
The payroll supervisor for Leon County Schools is under arrest and accused of writing checks to herself.
55 year old Jackie Hutto was arrested today and charged with fraud and grand theft.
The district's chief of security, John Hunkiar, says Hutto may have stolen upwards of $50,000 over the past seven years.
Hunkiar says almost all of the district's payroll checks are direct deposits, but Hutto would cut checks manually for things like unused sick leave or vacation when employees left the district.
Hunkiar says she may have written as many as 50 of those checks to herself over the years.
Hutto has been with the district for 31 years and in payroll for 11 years.
Hunkiar says the district will be bringing in an outside auditor to take a closer at payroll records and what can be done to prevent this from happening in the future.
Jail records also show Hutto was charged with posession of a firearm on school property. Hunkiar says when deputies searched her purse, they found a pistol inside. Hunkiar says Hutto has a concealed weapons permit, but district policy and Florida law prohibit her from carrying that gun on school property.
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