OIG Investigative Reports, Former Lubock Independent School District Program Coordinator Sentenced for Stealing Federal "No Child Left Behind" Funds Skip to main contentAbout UsContact UsFAQs Language Assistance Englishespañol中文: 繁體版Việt-ngữ한국어TagalogРусский U.S. Department of Education Search for: Toggle navigation U.S. Department of Education Student Loans Grants Laws Data About ED OFFICES Home Reports & Resources Programs/Initiatives News Office Contacts Investigative Report U.S. Department of Justice James T. Jacks Acting United States Attorney Northern District of Texas FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2009 www.usdoj.gov/usao/txn MEDIA INQUIRIES: KATHY COLVIN PHONE: (214) 659-8600 FAX: (214) 767-2898 Former Lubock Independent School District Program Coordinator Sentenced for Stealing Federal "No Child Left Behind" Funds LUBBOCK, Texas — Janie Sue Esparza, the former Bilingual/English as a Second Language (ESL) Coordinator for the Lubbock Independent School District (LISD), was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to serve five years probation, perform 198 hours of community service, and pay $13,048.56 restitution. Esparza, 60, pled guilty in January 2009 to one count of theft from an organization receiving federal funds. As part of her agreement with the government, Esparza agreed to surrender her Texas Educator Certificate and understands that she will not have an opportunity to re-apply for another Certificate. According to documents filed in the case, from September 2004 through January 2007, while Esparza served as the LISD Bilingual/ESL Coordinator, she stole funds designated for that program. The U.S. Department of Education's Bilingual/ESL program, designed for language instruction of limited English proficient students, is part of the No Child Left Behind Act. As part of her duties, Esparza managed the budget for the Bilingual/ESL program. Esparza admitted that she stole the funds by creating false receipts and invoices to justify program advances she received to purchase curriculum materials, such as books and kits, but actually did not purchase. At other times, Esparza created false receipts which were submitted to the LISD for reimbursement of purchased items, which she never actually purchased. The case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Education - Office of Inspector General, and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paulina M. Jacobo of the Lubbock, Texas, U.S. Attorney's Office. ### Top Printable view Share this page Last Modified: 04/27/2009 How Do I Find... Student loans, forgiveness College accreditation No Child Left Behind FERPA FAFSA 1098-E Tax Form 2015 Budget Proposal More > Information About... Transforming Teaching Family and Community Engagement Early Learning K-12 Reforms More > Connect Facebook Twitter YouTube Email RSS Google+ More > MISUSED FOIA OIG Fraud Hotline Our mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. Student Loans Repaying Loans Defaulted Loans Loan Forgiveness Loan Servicers Grants & Programs Apply for Pell Grants Grants Forecast Open Grant Competitions Find Grant Programs by Eligibility Laws & Guidance No Child Left Behind FERPA Civil Rights Data & Research Education Statistics Postsecondary Education Data State Education Data Nation's Report Card What Works Clearinghouse About Us Contact Us ED Offices Jobs News FAQs Budget, Performance Notices FOIAPrivacySecurityInformation qualityInspector GeneralWhitehouse.govUSA.govBenefits.govRegulations.gov
Former Lubock Independent School District Program Coordinator Sentenced for Stealing Federal "No Child Left Behind" Funds. Lubbock, TX, April 24, 2009
Published by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General on 2009-04-24.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report.