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 Police Investigating Zurwell's CAB Work

February 7, 2007 - Already the subject of a criminal investigation into possible misappropriation of funds from her previous employer, former Charles A. Beard Memorial School Corporation business manager Amanda Zurwell is about to have state auditors and local law enforcement scrutinizing some of the work she did during her four months working at CAB.

“We have discovered some questionable business things,” CAB Superintendent David McGuire told The Banner Tuesday afternoon. He said that CAB’s interim business manager, Ray Pavy, just recently discovered the issues of concern, which McGuire would not discuss in detail.

“We have called the State Board of Accounts,” McGuire said. “They said that we should involve the local authorities on this, so I have called the Henry County Sheriff’s Department.” He said he had met with an investigator from the HCSD earlier in the day.

The CAB School Board received and accepted a letter of resignation from Zurwell at its January 23 special meeting. In the letter, dated January 19, Zurwell said she had “been diagnosed with a medical condition” that would not allow her “to return to work for an indefinite amount of time.” Detective Sgt. Elmer New of the HCSD told The Banner Tuesday that the SBA will be sending an auditor to CAB to review the records in question. “I don’t know what they’re going to find, but when they get their thing done, they’ll let me know if I need to do anything else,” said New. “I’ll know more whenever they notify me of their findings.”

The Banner learned and reported last week that Zurwell is also being investigated by Brown County authorities with respect to allegations that she may have misappropriated close to $3,000 belonging to the Brown County School Corporation. Before coming to CAB last September, Zurwell had been employed as BCSC’s business manager.

When The Banner spoke to him last week, Brown County Prosecutor Jim Oliver said his office and local law enforcement were waiting on bank records to determine whether or not Zurwell took a check for BCSC for almost $3,000 and deposited it into her own account. Attempts to reach Oliver on Tuesday for an update on the investigation were not successful.

The Banner has made numerous attempts to contact Zurwell over the past three weeks, with the most recent effort being made Tuesday. To date, Zurwell has not returned any of the newspaper’s calls.


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