Police Investigating Harper, Use of District Funds
By West Kentucky Star Staff
PADUCAH - An investigation is underway into the possibility that former McCracken County Schools Superintendent Brian Harper may have used district funds for personal use.

When Harper resigned on March 8, West Kentucky Star learned that an anonymous letter about Harper was sent to Kentucky State Police, but police said at that time there was no active investigation. 

When contacted again on Monday, Trooper Jay Thomas confirmed that there was an investigation underway, but couldn't name the suspect since there were not yet any pending charges.

An open records request to McCracken County Schools confirmed that the anonymous letter mentions Harper, saying he used a school district vehicle and gas on a personal trip during spring break of 2018. The letter also claims district funds were used to pay for a condo and meals for Harper and his wife.

In a response to the records request, attorney David T. Riley confirmed that his colleague, school district attorney Gorman "Butch" Bradley, received the anonymous letter on February 27 and forwarded it by email to members of the board of education and Harper the same day. Kentucky State Police also received the letter around that time. 

Board Chair Steve Shelby couldn't comment on the matter, since conversations took place during executive session at a board meeting. Personnel matters are protected by confidentiality under state law.

Trooper Thomas said the State Police investigation started late last week, and have requested school district records that go back a couple of years. He said the district is cooperating, but examining the data and following leads, "could take some time."

On the Net:

Response to Open Records Request - MCPS

Published 04:04 PM, Tuesday Mar. 19, 2019
Updated 09:30 AM, Friday Mar. 22, 2019

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