An employee and former employee of the Beaumont Independent School District have pleaded not guilty amid charges the pair stole over $4 million from the district.
Devin Wayne McCraney, 35, and Sharika Bakah Allison, 43, both of Beaumont, entered not guilty pleas Thursday before Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorne
A federal indictment against McCraney and Allison was announced Jan 8. The 19-count indictment stems from evidence including 18 fraudulent wire transfers totaling $2.7 million and 5 wire transfers totaling $1.35 million. The money was moved to bank accounts under the control of McCraney and Allison.
McCraney is accused of enlisting Allison, who worked for him, in his scheme. Authorities say she set up a bogus company, and called it "Milimann Consultants". BISD does regular business with "Milliman USA. Investigators don't believe the similarity of the names is a coincidence, they believe it was done purposely to confuse and use the fake company to divert district funds to the personal accounts of Allison and McCraney.
Authorities say five wire transfers from BISD's Bank of America account were made to a Capital One account owned by Sharika Allison, doing business as Miliman Consultants. After each transfer, investigators say Allison would write a check or series of checks to McCraney for about one-half of the funds she had received.