[UPDATE] Leon Schools Payroll Supervisor Arrested

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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  • by Michelle Location: Tallahassee on Apr 26, 2011 at 09:28 AM
    I have know Jim and Jackie for many years. Jim just taught her well. I cannot believe she only gets probation and restitution. Why does some people get off so easily? The court system needs to auction off their possessions for repayment and they can learn to live the best way they can.
  • by DRB Location: thomasville on Apr 26, 2011 at 08:32 AM
    i just wonder... if i steal $50,000 from the company i work for, and get "probation.. will i only get probation if i rob a bank for $50,000 ? NOT ! i say give her a cardboard box in the woods to live in and sell off EVERYTHING she owns toward paying back the money. then make her work the nasty jobs no one else will do for the county and have 80% of her paycheck turned over to the school.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 26, 2011 at 08:16 AM
    $24,000 for an audit!!! They just got screwed twice
  • by lol Location: n tally on Apr 26, 2011 at 07:20 AM
    hahahahaha, not a dried out hotel towel!!! Thats classic, and I love it!!! I dont know about chopping the ladies hands off, I dont promote violence especially amongst our senior citizens, however I do feel like some of the posters on here want to be lenient to her when these same posters were on the article regarding home depot trying to get the offenders mother suspended...what gives peeps?
  • by Stumpknocker on Apr 26, 2011 at 07:06 AM
    I wonder how she is going to pay restitution if she had to steal before??
  • by dog Location: gone on Apr 26, 2011 at 07:01 AM
    Attention Thug's leon schools now hiring, you can STEAl and you won't get jail time, and it pays better than the jr.store robbery. also has benifits and retirement.
  • by steve Location: tal on Apr 25, 2011 at 08:10 PM
    observation- plenty of women getting arrested here for stealing money...from quarters totalling plenty to this fool... wonder how many people, male and female, wince when they read these stories because they haven't gotten caught yet at their job.
  • by TallyTrashTalks2 Location: Tallahassee on Apr 25, 2011 at 03:57 PM
    The friends/family defending the actions of Jackie Hutto are obviously equally DUMB! True, good people make mistakes sometimes. But...to carry out a scheme she had going for over SEVEN years, she's a flat out thief! This woman obviously had to get caught to stop stealing, so doesn't that tell you fools something about her character, or should I say lack of?! Wake-up and just admit this woman was leading a double life and fooled you, instead of making lame excuses.
  • by Foxgloves on Apr 25, 2011 at 02:41 PM
    School board is just like the city and the county. The $600,000 thief at the county is barely off the front pages, the city and the rest of the county up to their eyeballs in stealing and squandering money, bids are on the "PET" system as to who gets them, and how many dollars have the taxpayers paid for the sex capades at the county? exotic trips? and all only get a tap on the hand. This is one more reason you can look at a property tax bill every November with the school board grabbing a motherload of the money to steal. Where are the people that was supposed to be watching the money? Stealing, too??? No dual signatures? No checks and balances? All of them together could not run a fast burger joint--would be broke and closed within a week, but they sure know how to tell you they need bigger budgets. FBI don't plan on leaving soon, as it appears you have a lot more work to do to get rid of the thieves in these governments.
  • by Buford T Justice Location: I-10 West on Apr 25, 2011 at 02:21 PM
    Tim Jansen is the best criminal attorney in the area. Prosecutors almost always prefer a plea than to go up against him. Remember the car dealer in Thomasville that stole from a lot of folks...Charges were dropped. Corey Fuller against overwhelming evidence, acquitted. Many many more examples are in court house records. Willie Meggs is afraid to be whipped again by this attorney. We should not blame the criminal for the sentence, but rather a weak state attorney afraid to prosecute against a good attorney.
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