Last week, it was announced that a former superintendent with the Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 had been indicted on federal fraud charges. Lawrence Wyllie has been accused of misappropriating school funds for his own benefit and hiding the district’s financial deficit from the public. The indictment claims that the defendant used at least $50,000 in school funds to build and operate a dog obedience training school, Superdog.
The indictment also suggests that Wyllie misappropriated approximately $16,500 of school funds for his own retirement stipend, which was not in his contract. The charges accuse Wyllie of pocketing another $14,000 of school funds by falsely claiming it was compensation for unused vacation days.
The indictment, which was returned last Wednesday, claims that Wyllie fraudulently inflated the district’s financial condition by utilizing bond funds to pay for the district’s general operating systems. In return, this caused the school district to assume approximately $7 million in additional debt.
The indictment charges 79-year-old Lawrence Wyllie of Naperville, Illinois with five counts of wire fraud and a single count of embezzlement. An arraignment date has not yet been set. Wyllie retired from the school in June of 2013. At this point in time, the defendant is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.