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Tucson school district employee is indicted on fraud charges

October 14, 2021 GMT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona grand jury has indicted a longtime school district employee in Tucson on fraud charges.

Prosecutors said Joan Katz was accused of multiple felony charges of fraudulent schemes and other charges.

Katz is a former Parents as Teachers Program coordinator for the Sunnyside Unified School District.

She allegedly hired her daughter’s company without obtaining competitive bids and without disclosing her conflict of interest.

Similarly, Katz allegedly hired another district employee’s company without obtaining competitive bids.

After payment was sent to both companies, the indictment alleges that Katz submitted false documents to cover up the lack of a competitive bidding process for both projects.

Katz was arraigned on the charges in Pima County Superior Court last Friday.

It was unclear Wednesday if Katz has a lawyer yet who can speak on her behalf.