Three former Beaumont school workers indicted

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BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — A former supervisor for a Southeast Texas school district has been accused of hiring his wife and a friend in a payroll scam.

A federal grand jury on Wednesday indicted three ex-employees of the Beaumont Independent School District. Daryl Glenn Johnson, Erin Gipson Johnson and Kailyn DeShondra Pete are charged with conspiracy and fraud upon programs receiving federal funds.

Prosecutors say Daryl Johnson from mid-2009 through June 2012 was the district’s warehouse supervisor with no direct oversight on hiring. He allegedly put his wife and a friend on the payroll as temporary employees and approved their bogus timesheets.

Erin Johnson received nearly $194,000. Pete was paid $90,000.

No publicly listed phone numbers for the Johnsons or Pete could immediately be located Thursday. Prosecutors and school officials didn’t immediately return messages.

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