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Area school district claims fraud by ex-superintendent

November 16, 2011

A suburban Indianapolis school district is suing its former superintendent, claiming that he schemed to defraud it of millions of dollars for himself.

The lawsuit filed in Marion County court by the Wayne Township school district says Terry Thompson deceived school board members into approving more salary and compensation than he knew they would approve in contract negotiations.

In its complaint filed Tuesday in Marion Superior Court Civil Division, the district said Terry Thompson used complex contractual changes to increase his annual income from $218,000 in 2003 to $2.2 million in 2010, WIBC-FM 93.1 reported.

School district attorney Linda Pence told WTHR-TV that the board trusted the recommendations Thompson made.

A law firm representing Thompson called the lawsuit inappropriate and said it was the school board's duty to review contracts for all employees.
 

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