Former Liberty superintendent enters plea to misdemeanor

Friday, August 20, 2010 | 1:13 p.m. CDT; updated 1:18 p.m. CDT, Friday, August 20, 2010

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — Former Liberty school superintendent William Scott Taveau entered an Alford plea to a misdemeanor charge arising from his use of credit cards belonging to the district.

Taveau entered the plea to deceptive business practices on Friday and was ordered to pay $7,500 in restitution to the district. An Alford plea means Taveau does not admit guilt but acknowledges he could be convicted.

The 60-year-old Taveau was indicted in 2009 on one count of stealing by deceit and one count of attempted stealing by deceit. The Kansas City Star reports Friday that those charges were amended.

Clay County Prosecutor Daniel White says Taveau received reimbursement for credit card expenses that were not related to his superintendent duties.

Tavaeu still faces a civil lawsuit filed by the Missouri Public School Retirement System, which alleges he improperly collected retirement benefits before officially retiring in June 2007.


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