- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 2, 2015

FARMINGTON, Ark. (AP) - An audit report says a former treasurer for the Northwest Arkansas Education Service Cooperative wrote checks to herself and family members totaling about $78,000 over a 17-year period.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (https://bit.ly/1O3z0W8 ) reports that the audit was released during a superintendents meeting Tuesday. Cooperative Director Charles Cudney says the discovery was made in September during an annual audit of the organization’s finances.

The audit says former treasurer Dianne Parrish issued checks to herself, her husband and her son. Parrish was suspended from Sept. 9 to Sept. 30, when she retired.

Cudney says the audit’s results will be forwarded to the Farmington Police Department and the Washington County prosecutor.

Parrish’s attorney, Paul Reynolds, said he has not seen the audit report, but has told the cooperative that Parrish will cooperate.


Information from: Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.nwaonline.com

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