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Florida Department of Law Enforcement Special Agents, Broward County School Board Police Arrest Broward School Employee on Organized Scheme to Defraud Charge

11/14/2007
 
A Broward County School District employee has been arrested by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Broward County School Board Police on charges he defrauded the district out of more than $270,000 worth of copper wiring that had been bought by the district for school repairs.

Michael Grubbs, 41, an electrical supervisor with the district, was arrested today and will be transported to the Broward County Jail. Grubbs was charged with one count of organized scheme to defraud.

According to FDLE agents and the Broward County School Board Police, Grubbs allegedly ordered $271,694.58 worth of wiring from January 2006 to June 2007. Investigators said the wiring was supposed to be used for jobs such as replacing air cooler chillers and cooling towers at elementary, middle and high schools throughout the county.

Instead, after Grubbs requested and picked up the wiring, investigators said he allegedly appropriated the wire to his own use. The investigation is continuing with the assistance of the Broward County State Attorney’s Office.

For more information, contact:
James Wollschlager
Supervisor of Police Operations with the Broward County School Board Police
(754) 321-0735

Paige Patterson-Hughes
Public Information Officer
FDLE - Miami
(954) 958-5400