Valley charter school co-founders indicted for fraud, theft for allegedly stealing more than $500,000


The school and government administrators are going through expenses of fraud, theft, forgery and conspiracy for crimes believed to have been dedicated between 2016 and 2017.

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GOODYEAR, Ariz.—Incito Schools and co-founders April Black and Amanda Jellson have been indicted by the Arizona Attorney General’s Office after allegedly committing fraud to steal more than $500,000 from the Maricopa County Superintendent’s Office.

Schools, co-founders going through expenses of fraud, theft, forgery and conspiracy

The Arizona Attorney General’s Office filed expenses towards Incito Schools, Black and Jelleson. They are charged with one depend of fraudulent schemes and artifices, two counts of theft over $25,000, forgery, and conspiracy.

According to Incito Schools web site, the charter school has two campuses, one in Goodyear and one other in Phoenix. Jelleson and Black are listed as government administrators of the colleges.

According to court docket information, it’s believed they cast trainer paystubs to get grant money from the Maricopa County Superintendent’s Office to pay academics, however academics inform 12 News they by no means received the money.

The Arizona Attorney General’s Office mentioned it’s estimated they stole $567,802 between November 2016 and November 2017.

Former academics of the charter colleges, who spoke anonymously to 12 News due to the pending case, mentioned they observed discrepancies on their W-2’s exhibiting as much as $8,000 they by no means received paid.

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Judge permits co-founders to proceed working on the colleges

Both Black and Jelleson have been arraigned in a court docket look Wednesday morning and entered not-guilty pleas.

The lawyer representing each Black and Jelleson requested as a part of their launch orders the pair be allowed to proceed working on-site at Incito Schools.

The choose is permitting each of the manager administrators to proceed their work duties on campus, however they don’t seem to be allowed to be concerned in any monetary selections or contact any of the victims.

The lawyer representing Black and Jelleson acknowledged they’d no touch upon the fees presently. 

Charter school board is ‘aware’ of allegations

The Arizona State Board of Charter Schools, which oversees the operations of charter colleges within the state launched a press release to 12 News on the fees introduced towards Incito Schools and its co-founders.

“The State Board and staff members are aware of the situation with Incito Schools. We are in the process of gathering information and determining potential next steps.”

A spokesperson for the board mentioned they might not remark if Incito Schools was on the board’s radar earlier than the indictment.