HISD Board And Superintendent : ‘Fraud Will Not Be Tolerated’
HISD Superintendent Terry Grier and Board President Greg Meyers attended the sentencing of a former HISD employee accused of stealing from the district on Sept. 8.
Lydia Kinchen was sentenced to eight years in prison for a felony conviction of misapplication of fiduciary property.
She was indicted in 2007 for stealing $171,000 in district and taxpayer monies while she was employed as an accounting coordinator with HISD. The theft occurred from November 2005, through October 2006.
Kinchen had no prior offenses and faced a possible conviction range from two to 20 years in prison.
“The HISD Board of Education will not tolerate any type of fraud or misappropriation of funds, resources or assets that would otherwise be used to support the district’s mission of educating Houston’s children,” said Meyers. “The Board will continue to support the administration’s effort to pursue criminal and civil charges against anyone who steals from the district, students and taxpayers.”
HISD will seek recovery through its fidelity bond coverage and will pursue civil remedies for the remaining loss.
“Our students and the Houston taxpayers have been irreparably harmed by an orchestrated and planned theft of money that should have been used for education,” said Grier. “We have implemented procedural safeguards to prevent any such future thefts of district and/or taxpayer funds. Fraud, theft or misappropriation of HISD funds will not be tolerated and will be referred for criminal prosecution to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.”