- Associated Press - Sunday, October 11, 2015

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) - The McAlester school board says it is cooperating with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation as agents investigate a school district employee.

Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Jessica Brown has said the agency was investigating possible misconduct by a school employee and described the allegations as being related to a white-collar crime.

The McAlester News-Capitol reported Sunday (https://bit.ly/1jXaqyB ) that the school board’s president, Angie Nelson, said members of the board are aware of “the OSBI’s pending investigation” and “cooperating fully with that agency.”

“The administration has provided the OSBI with all information it has requested,” Nelson said in an email. “We are unaware of any wrongdoing by any employee at this time and are hopeful that the OSBI’s investigation will be completed swiftly for all concerned.”

The employee’s name was not released.

Brown said the investigation began at the request of McAlester police and could take weeks to complete.

“Our main objective is to gain information and put it into a report and provide it to the district attorney,” she said.

District Attorney Farley Ward said he has already had some contact with investigators.

“I’ve had conversations with an OSBI agent,” Ward said. “I’m waiting to see what they turn in.”

He added that it would be standard procedure for the bureau to finish its investigation and then submit it to the district attorney’s office for a review.

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Information from: McAlester News-Capital, https://www.mcalesternews.com


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