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Court appearance set for indicted BISD employee and former employee

BEAUMONT -

12News has learned that a court date has been set for Devin Wayne McCraney, 35,

and Sharika Bakah Allison, 43, both of Beaumont. The pair is accused of stealing more than $4 million from the Beaumont Independent School District.

The attorney for McCraney, Todd Clemons, says his client is innocent and will not plead guilty.

McCraney and Allison are scheduled to make their first federal court appearance at 10 a.m. Jan. 16 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.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE INDICTMENT

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.

 

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