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Ray Unified School District—Criminal Indictment—Theft and Misuse of Public Monies


As part of their responsibility to prevent and detect fraud, Ray Unified School District (District) officials took appropriate action by reporting to us an allegation of financial misconduct by former business manager Amanda Holcomb (aka Amanda Kelley). Our investigation revealed that from July 2015 through January 2018, Ms. Holcomb may have embezzled $38,333 from the District and $900 from a nonprofit youth sports organization she was associated with when she used their monies for her own personal purposes. Additionally, Ms. Holcomb may have falsified District records to help conceal her actions. We have submitted our report to the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, which on November 25, 2019, presented evidence to the State Grand Jury. The action resulted in Ms. Holcomb’s indictment on 19 felony counts related to theft, misuse of public monies, fraudulent schemes, and computer tampering, and 2 misdemeanor theft counts.