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FDLE arrests former Glades County school board official for grand theft, official misconduct

Posted at 11:38 AM, Mar 06, 2023
and last updated 2023-03-06 19:15:56-05

GLADES COUNTY, Fla. — The former finance director for Glades County School Board faces charges following an investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE).

Investigators say, Sue B. Woodward, 68, of Texarkana, Arkansas, faces charges of one count each of grand theft and official misconduct, both felonies.

Woodward served the district from June 2012 to September 2021.

According to FDLE, the investigation began in January 2022, when school board leadership reached out to FDLE with allegations that Woodward had misappropriated more than $15,000 in school board funds for personal benefit.

Agents discovered that Woodward, acting in her capacity as finance director, abused her position to alter her retirement worksheet so as to receive higher payouts for sick and vacation leave on her final paycheck than was legally allowed. The investigation showed that Woodward misused her public office to overpay herself by $15,257.68.

Woodward turned herself in on an FDLE warrant and was booked into the Glades County Jail on a $15,000 bond.