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Former Pauls Valley superintendent charged with embezzlement

Prosecutors accuse former Pauls Valley schools superintendent Bobby Don Russell, 60, of embezzling money from the school district.
BY MICHAEL KIMBALL Modified: April 27, 2011 at 1:58 pm •  Published: April 27, 2011

Former Pauls Valley schools superintendent Bobby Don Russell has been charged in Garvin County District Court with embezzling more than $44,000 from the school district, according to court papers.

Russell, 60, was arrested today by Pauls Valley police in a traffic stop at State Highway 19 and North Street after the charges were filed, Police Chief Mitch McGill said. He was arrested without incident.

Russell was being booked into the Garvin County jail this afternoon with bail set at $20,000, a sheriff's spokesman said.

Prosecutors have charged Russell with four counts of embezzlement and six counts of obtaining money by false pretense, court records show.

Authorities allege he used two checks of $11,500 each from the district for his own purposes, one on Dec. 21, 2009, and the other on May 21, 2010, according to court papers. Prosecutors also accuse him of using a $2,392 check to the district from Elmore City-Pernell schools for his own use on Jan. 19, 2010, and of doing the same with another $3,062 check from that district on July 12.

Russell is also accused of getting a $2,951 check on June 24, 2009 and another check of the same amount on July 9, 2009, for his wife, Debby Russell, as pay for summer school classes she didn't teach, court records show.

Prosecutors accuse Bobby Russell of getting four checks from falsified reimbursement claims, according to court papers. A check for $2,550 on Feb. 13, 2009, was for a payment he supposedly made to a nonexistent educational software company. Two checks on March 19, 2009, one for $3,200 and one for $2,162, were for payments he said he made to another school district and for materials purchased for the district. An Oct. 30, 2009, a check for $2,100 was for a payment he said he made to an audio equipment company.

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