PHOENIX (AP) — Charges have been dismissed against a former superintendent of the Apache Junction Unified School District who was accused of theft and misuse of public money.
The Arizona Attorney General’s Office filed a motion conceding that the matter should be remanded back to a state grand jury for a new presentation of evidence.
But the dismissal leaves open the possibility that charges could be filed again against Chad Wilson, who was indicted in September 2019.
Wilson, who was appointed the superintendent of the East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) in July 2019, was accused of awarding school administrators more than $133,000 in unauthorized compensation.
An investigation was conducted by the Office of the Auditor General about Wilson’s tenure as a school district superintendent in Apache Junction from 2009 to 2017.
Wilson reportedly awarded various school administrators performance pay, professional development instruction pay and athletic attendance pay without informing the district’s governing board and obtaining approval.
Wilson was accused of approving these payments during a time when the school district was experiencing financial difficulties and cutting school programs to maintain operations.