State District Judge Melissa Goodwin today accepted a plea bargain in the case of former charter school chief Dolores Hillyer and sentenced her to 10 years deferred adjudication, a form of probation, for the misuse of state money intended for the now-closed Texas Academy of Excellence.
When Hillyer was indicted last year after an investigation that lasted several years, she was accused of spending $475,611 in state money on her Lavaca Street private day care center, known both as Capital City Creative Schools and Capital Creative Schools. She was also accused of using $75,230 to maintain three vehicles for personal use, including a 2000 Lincoln Navigator, a 2003 Lincoln Navigator and a 2004 Cadillac DeVille. The misuse happened from 2002 to 2004.
The Texas Academy of Excellence was open for eight years and received at least $7.5 million in state funding before it closed in 2004…
Hillyer pleaded guilty in April to a second-degree felony charge of misapplication of fiduciary property…
When she helped launch the academy, Hillyer had a history of failed business ventures, lawsuits, missed court appearances and a personal bankruptcy. Several years after it opened, she filed for personal bankruptcy again…
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CHARTER SCHOOL CHIEF GETS PROBATION FOR MISUSING SCHOOL FUNDS; June 3, 2008; Austin Legal (TX)