MADISON, W.Va – Two Boone County School employees turned themselves in Wednesday, March 8 to authorities and were arraigned in Boone County magistrate court.
Both individuals are accused of embezzling from school funds.
According to the criminal complaint Tracy L. Harvey, 43 of Ashford is allegedly charged with embezzlement and fraudulent schemes.
Harvey is a mechanic and purchasing agent for the Board of Education’s transportation department.
David Bryan Jarrell, 46 of Racine is allegedly charged with embezzlement and fraudulent schemes.
Jarrell is the transportation director for the Board of Education’s transportation department.
On February 15 two search warrants were executed. The warrants were for the Boone County Transportation Department Bus Garage located at Foster, W.Va and Harvey Trucking located at Ashford, W.Va.
The criminal complaints stated invoices were seized from the bus garage and multiple items purchased by the Boone County Board of Education were seized from Harvey Trucking.
“The items were photographed, documented, and later returned to the Boone County Board of Education.”
In the criminal complaints, “Both accused confessed to making fraudulent and improper purchases including but not limited to; tires, lift kits, wheels, fuel tanks, chamber brake combos, motorhome windshield, and Mac Mud Flaps from several different vendors all of which, were billed to Boone County Schools. All of these improper and fraudulent purchases were diverted by the accused for personal or private business use.”
Harvey and Jarrell named two other persons involved.
“During their confession both accused admitted to making improper and fraudulent purchases for current Boone County Board of Education Board Member namely Danny Cantley and a former Boone County Board of Education Board Member Mark Sumpter.”
The criminal complaints stated the embezzlement involved more than $20,000.
According to the Magistrates office Harvey and Jarrell were both bonded out on a surety property bond of $50,000 each.
West Virginia State Police said the investigation is still ongoing and active at this time and there is a possibility of more arrests in the future.
According to Boone County Schools (BCS) Superintendent Jeff Huffman said both individuals are still currently employed at this time.
Superintendent Huffman said, “We will continue to work with the state police.”
Heather Kinder is a reporter for the Coal Valley News. She can be contacted at 304-307-3104, [email protected] or on Twitter @CVN_hkinder.