Derlyn Gardenia Roberts Glover sentenced

For Immediate Release

May 7, 2012

Derlyn Gardenia Roberts Glover has been sentenced to 15 years in a Florida prison after violating the probation sentence she received as a result of her involvement in grand theft, scheming to defraud and criminal use of personal identification information relating to the misuse of $300,000 in McKay Scholarship funds.  Glover received her new sentence on May 2, 2012.  This case was prosecuted by the 13th Judicial State Attorney’s Office.

Tampa Woman Arrested for Collecting Unauthorized Funds from the McKay Scholarship
May 26, 2010
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Florida Department of Education, Office of Inspector General (FDOE), and the Office of the State Attorney Office, 13th Judicial Circuit announce the arrest today of Derlyn Gardenia Roberts Glover, 45, of Tampa on charges of grand theft, scheme to defraud, and criminal use of personal identification information. Glover is the owner and operator of the Academy of Dreams in Tampa.

In 2004, the FDOE Office of Inspector General conducted an investigation into Sago Palm Educational Academy, Inc., a McKay Scholarship school in Tampa. Glover was the listed owner and operator of this school. The investigation revealed that Glover had criminal convictions, which made her ineligible to own or operate a private school receiving McKay Scholarship funds. On March 3, 2004, Glover was provided with a letter from FDOE stating that as of March 15, 2004, no further scholarship payments would be issued for students attending Sago Palm Educational Academy, Inc.

On Aug. 2, 2004, the Academy of Dreams applied for participation in the McKay Scholarship Program and was approved to participate and enroll students a year later. Investigators allege Glover posed as another individual and used the individual’s personal identification without permission and falsely represented who owned and operated the Academy of Dreams school. Investigators allege Glover did this in order to obtain authorization from FDOE to participate in the McKay Scholarship Program.

As a result of Glover’s scheme, the Academy of Dreams received more than $300,000 in McKay Scholarship funding from the State of Florida which the school was not qualified for because of Glover’s extensive criminal history. Authorities believe Glover used the scholarship money for her own personal use.

The John M. McKay Scholarship for Students with Disabilities Program is administered by the FDOE, Office of Independent Education and Parental Choice (OIEPC). The Program is intended to assist children with special needs by subsidizing their education at an eligible private school or allowing them to choose an acceptable public school.

Glover was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail. This case will be prosecuted by the Office of the State Attorney, 13th Judicial Circuit.