A fired school official from the Carterville Unit 5 School District, whose case was directed to the FBI, responded recently to news stories about allegations he received $114,000 in budgetary funds without district approval.
Todd Frazier said he received no more reimbursement or pay he was not owed and, in fact, was underpaid by nearly $5,000.
“So up until this point, I have a community that looks at me as a thief, I have had the police search my residence, I have been denied unemployment benefits, I have been unable to gain employment, and I am forced into selling my home all over an underpayment of $4,750,” said Todd Frazier in an email to The Southern Illinoisan.
Carterville School Superintendent Robert Prusator declined to comment further about the case.
“Just by the nature of something like this in the process of investigation, it would not be appropriate to comment,” Prusator said Wednesday.
Spokesman Brad Ware of the FBI office in Springfield said the agency had no comment. U.S. Attorney Steve Wiggington of the Southern District of Illinois did not return a telephone message left at his Fairview Heights office.
Frazier said he has not been arrested or charged with any wrongdoing. He said he met with Carterville police and FBI investigators in early March, after his Feb. 13 firing by the Carterville Board of Education .
Prusator said after the meeting, Frazier had been fired for receiving approximately $114,000 over the course of five fiscal years that was not approved by the board.
Frazier contends the amount was due him in his capacity as an administrative agent for Williamson County Early Childhood Cooperative, the district’s pre-kindergarten program, over a 6 1/2 –year period.
“If I add all of the stipends, I get $118,750 (which means I was underpaid $4,750),” Frazier said.
Payments were approved by the Illinois State Board of Education and the Carterville Board of Education acting as administrative agent for the WCECC during district board monthly meetings where accounts payable and payroll were approved and listed by account number, he said.
Frazier said he listed his house for sale in December when he was notified that he was being placed on unpaid leave and he disconnected his landline telephone years earlier to save money since he used a cellphone.