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Former teacher accused of theft and embezzlement

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Brian Dyer (school photo) Brian Dyer (school photo)
PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. -

A former math teacher and athletic director has been accused of stealing and embezzling from North Canyon High School, where he worked.

The money was intended to benefit students, but instead there are allegations Brian Dyer spent over $10,000 on himself.

An investigation into Brian Dyer by the auditor general revealed that from December of 2008 to May of 2010, Dyer unlawfully appropriated $10,578 to himself and an additional $2,497 to another employee, according to investigators.

After the Paradise Valley Unified School District requested the investigation, Dyer resigned his position with the district.

According to its website, Brian Dyer is listed as a math teacher at Independent High School, which is part of Glendale Unified High Schools.

Dyer was indicted by the attorney general's office on felony charges of theft, misuse of public monies, and fraudulent schemes.


Statement by the Paradise Valley Unified School District

We appreciate and thank the Auditor General for the assistance we have received from the time we requested the investigation in September 2010 to the issuance of the report this afternoon. The Auditor General's investigation was initiated at the request of the Paradise Valley Unified School District. We have been working with the AGs office over the past two years to discover the facts and improve our processes, and we are grateful for their support and assistance. Employee malfeasance, misfeasance and nonfeasance will not be tolerated. We take seriously our responsibility to manage public funds and we will take action when it appears that that trust has been abused.

The individual named in the report resigned his position amid the investigation by our district and the Auditor General, and was reported to the Arizona Department of Education's investigative unit at that time. The principal charged with providing oversight was placed on a performance improvement plan, and the governing board accepted the principal's resignation at the end of that school year.

As the report states, both before and since we requested the Auditor General's assistance, the district identified and implemented improvements to controls over donations and payments made to schools. Those improvements include procedural changes and controls, training for staff and the assignment of an administrator to monitor and track school donations. Principal and teacher performance evaluations have been updated to include criteria related to cash-handling responsibilities, and the district has removed management of revolving fund accounts from schools altogether.

In addition, the Auditor General's additional recommendations and controls have been implemented or are in the process of being implemented, and we will continue to take action to ensure controls are being maintained at the school level.

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