Fleming school investigation continues

Jonathan Wright - [email protected]
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FLEMINGSBURG — Kentucky State Police have been investigating missing funds at the Fleming County School District for the past several weeks and the investigation appears to be ongoing.

According to Fleming County Schools Superintendent Brian Creasman, after he and board attorney Monica Hill realized there were missing funds, they handed the investigation over to KSP. A third party financial consultant was also hired to help the district explore any further irregularities.

“This is an ongoing review,” Creasman said, in a letter issued recently. “However, as of right now, we have discovered irregularities that are troubling, selfish and egregious.”

As their auditors continue to investigate, more and more discrepancies are being found, according to Creasman. The investigation, which initially reviewed the past year, has now been extended to previous years, insinuating these irregularities are not a recent happening.

“They just found irregularities that point towards one individual,” Creasman said.

The irregularities mentioned revealed individual purchases being made, not school purchases, he said.

Construction on Fleming County High School was also halted through much of June, Creasman said, in order to verify accounts and check any irregularities in purchases with the construction funds. He also said accounts are being continually checked daily for any discrepancies.

The issue was not an organizational one, according Creasman, but instead a problem caused by one individual who no longer works with the school district. Around the same time, former Director of Districtwide Operations and Finance Greg Conway was said to no longer work for Fleming County, but officials wouldn’t comment further.

Recently, KSP issued a search warrant for a home in Lewis County, “in reference to an ongoing investigation involving the Fleming County School system,” according to Kentucky State Police Trooper Michael Little.

Little could give no further information on the search warrant and said, “the case remains under investigation by Detective Nathan Shortridge.”

Efforts to contact Conway have been unsuccessful.

KSP has been unable to divulge any additional information regarding the investigation. Trooper Scott Ferrell, public relations officer for KSP Post 8, said the investigation is still in progress under Shortridge.

“No one is above the law,” Creasman said, “and we are working closely with state authorities to hold this individual accountable.”

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Jonathan Wright

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