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Former Tulsa Public Schools administrator charged with felony wire fraud conspiracy

The former Tulsa Public Schools administrator at the center of an embezzlement case that surfaced last year has been charged.

Devin Fletcher, TPS' former Chief Learning and Talent Officer, was charged with felony wire fraud conspiracy on Monday.

The charge claims Fletcher along with an unnamed co-conspirator used fraudulent invoices for non-existent consulting services to defraud the school district of at least $600,000.

Fletcher resigned after TPS self-reported the matter in June 2022.

The embezzlement has drawn attention from state officials, including Gov. Kevin Stitt, who ordered an audit of the school district, and State Superintendent Ryan Walters, who has used the case as justification for threatening the district’s accreditation level. He cites low academic performance, inappropriate books in school libraries, financial mismanagement, claims of indoctrination and violations of religious liberty.

As a result, district superintendent Deborah Gist resigned earlier this year. She's been replaced by interim superintendent Ebony Johnson. Monday night, The Tulsa World reports, the Tulsa school board hired a special attorney to help with an impending audit and the continuing criminal probe surrounding Fletcher's case.

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Hannah France is a reporter and producer for KGOU.
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