Former School System Finanace Director Appears Before Grand Jury

By: Angela Sparkman
By: Angela Sparkman

The case against a former Johnson County School's Finance Director accused of stealing money from the district is in the hands of a grand jury.

Jury members heard witness testimony for much of the day.

We should know by Friday morning if former Johnson County School's Finance Director Peggy Vanhoose or anyone else was indicted after audits show Vanhoose allegedly put her son Michael on the district's payroll and paid him thousands of dollars while he was in jail.

Thursday witnesses testified for at least six hours in front of the grand jury.

Attorneys can't say who testified but WYMT saw school board members and other school employees go into the room.

None would make any comments to us and most were taken out of a backdoor when they were finished testifying.

Because the grand jury wrapped up after business hours, court officials say we have to wait until Friday morning when the clerk's office opens to find out if any indictments were handed down.

Commonwealth's Attorneys and investigators say they can't release any information at this time, but they do say this isn't over.

Court officials say this case is also continued until next month, and the grand jury is expected to hear more testimony then.

Thursday's hearing postponed another related hearing scheduled this week, school officials say Vanhoose's former payroll officer was fired in May, and a hearing with the school board challenging the decision will be re-scheduled.


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