The Bement school district issued 26 checks between 2011 and 2013 totaling $76,576.08 to Ideal Consulting and Construction Services, the company that federal authorities accuse former superintendent Daniel Brue of setting up to embezzle $250,000 from the Meridian school district.
Brue stepped down in July after serving as the Meridian superintendent since 2013. A federal search warrant granted last month spelled out details of an investigation into Brue.
While the federal warrant only listed Meridian, records obtained by the Journal-Republican through a Freedom of Information Act request show 26 checks were made to Ideal Consulting and Construction Services between Sept. 1, 2011 and June 27, 2013. The sums range from $960 for what was alleged to be for an air compressor repair to a $6,156.25 claim for restroom repair.
Purposes listed on the claims were primarily in the building and grounds area, including roofing work, light pole inspection, water pipe replacement and air compressor repair. A majority of the checks came out of the district school facilities tax account.
No charges have been filed in relation to the FBI-led investigation. The search warrant gave authorities the go ahead to forensically analyze Brue's cell phone, which has been in police custody since August.
Brue also served on the Bement village board for about a year, but Village President Pat Tieman said they were not included in the investigation since Brue had no access to village funds.