YUKON — A former Yukon vocational agriculture teacher said he charged a couple $7,000 for a show calf that cost just $2,750, documents obtained from the school district show.
Jason Bow, who resigned his position as agriculture instructor at the end of the 2010-11 school year, reportedly told a fraud examiner hired by the district that he charged Randy and Debbie Wright more than twice what he paid for the calf in order to cover the costs of livestock that had died.
The FFA program at Yukon Public Schools, which is among the largest in the state, is being investigated by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation in connection with the incident involving the Wrights, who claim in a lawsuit that they were defrauded by Bow and another district employee.
Martin Solorzano, an OSBI agent working on the case, said the agency expects to submit its final report to local prosecutors in the coming weeks, possibly by the end of February.
In an email dated July 11, 2011, fraud examiner Mark Patzkowski wrote to Yukon Public Schools Superintendent Bill Denton and discussed an interview he'd conducted with Bow, who had resigned from the district at that point.
Patzkowski, an attorney who was hired by the school district in 2011 to look into the Yukon FFA program, wrote in the email that his interview with Bow “went fairly well.”
“He did admit that he took the opportunity to charge Randy and Debbie Wright $7,000 when the calf cost approximately $2,700,” Patzkowski wrote in the email. “He explained that he had two calves die without having anyone purchase these calves.
“He said he had to cover the costs of the dead calves.”
In the email, Patzkowski also discloses that Bow, who had resigned from the district months earlier, still had property in his possession that belonged to the district.
Attempts to reach Bow and Denton to comment on this story were not successful.
The Wrights, whose daughter was a student in Yukon schools, alleged they were “skimmed” — charged more than the instructors paid for livestock — by Bow and the program's former director in a lawsuit filed in January 2012.