- Associated Press - Friday, January 20, 2017

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) - The former head of a defunct private school in southeast Alabama has surrendered to face theft charges.

Officials say Douglas John Bauer turned himself in at the Houston County Jail on Friday.

Bauer is accused of multiple counts of theft and forgery charges related to the now-closed Ashford Academy, where he used to work as headmaster.

Investigators believe Bauer made improper financial transactions related to the school totaling more than $37,000.

Ashford Academy closed in May 2015 amid declining enrollment and financial problems.

The school’s last chairman has said Bauer was supposed to be paying the school’s debt with money gathered from board members, but suspicions were raised when board members started getting delinquent notices.

Court records aren’t available to show whether Bauer has a lawyer.

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