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Several Pasco County teachers face state fraud investigation

The issues are limited to Hudson High School, officials say.
The entrance to Hudson High, pictured in January 2021. Several teachers at the school are being investigated by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement as part of a fraud case.
The entrance to Hudson High, pictured in January 2021. Several teachers at the school are being investigated by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement as part of a fraud case. [ CHRIS URSO | Times ]
Published Aug. 30

An undisclosed number of Pasco County teachers have been placed on administrative leave while the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigates them for what is being called a fraud case.

“We are investigating several teachers,” FDLE spokesperson Gretl Plessinger said. “At this point, only Hudson High School is involved.”

The case, which is associated with the teachers’ work, stems from a complaint that the department received in April, Plessinger said. She stressed that no children are alleged to have been physically harmed.

She would not name the teachers.

“We’re still gathering information and conducting interviews,” Plessinger said. “So at this point, we’re not able to say a lot.”

Steve Hegarty, a spokesperson for the Pasco school district, said the teachers were placed on paid leave as soon as officials learned of the investigation. A request for district records on the leave or any other part of the investigation yielded no results.

He said the activities under review occurred prior to the current principal’s arrival at Hudson High in 2020.

“We look forward to the agency concluding the investigation,” Hegarty said. “We’re assisting in any way we can.”

United School Employees of Pasco president Don Peace said he did not have any knowledge of the investigation.

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