Former Yukon teacher charged with embezzlement

Former Yukon teacher charged with embezzlement

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A former Yukon teacher faces two felony counts, accused of embezzling from his own students and their parents.
For one of those families, Friday's charges are the result of a years long fight for justice in a case that has turned their lives upside down.  

There's a term for what investigators say Yukon agriculture teacher Jason Bow was doing.  It's called "skimming."

Prosecutors say Bow was overcharging parents and students for livestock then pocketing the profits.  
court records show he overcharged the Wrights by more than 42-hundred bucks  when they bought a show calf for their daughter in 2010.  
 
"We took the evidence to the superintendent," said Randy Wright. "We thought the superintendent would do his duty, but unfortunately he did not."

Instead, the Wrights say their daughter was bullied so badly by students and teachers, she had to switch schools.  
They fought successfully in court to access school emails to prove their claims.

Yukon police took the Wright's case to OSBI in 2011.   That's when investigators found another parent in the district had been overcharged by $500 for a show calf bought around the same time.

OSBI Spokesman Gary Perkinson said, "Even though it involved cattle, we still took this on as a white collar crime."

Perkinson said investigators were able to uncover a possible motive.
"A calf had died in the past, and he had overcharged these people as an attempt to repay the money that was owed on the calf that died," Perkinson said.  

Reacting to the felony charges, schools superintendent bill Denton gave a written statement which reads, "We support our criminal justice system in its oversight of this case and have fully cooperated with authorities throughout their investigation.  The person in question is no longer employed by our district. Since the incidents in question, we have taken measures to correct previous mistakes and implement more transparency and oversight of our agricultural program.  We hope these charges help bring closure to the families and others impacted by this unfortunate incident."  

Amid the investigation, Denton announced he will resign his position as superintendent and is now among 38 witnesses the state lists in their case against Bow.

"Hopefully this is the start," said Wright.  "I know this sounds strange, but I hope it's a start to the end."

If convicted on both counts, Bow could face a total of six-years behind bars and $10,000 in fines.  
We reached out to his attorney for comment, but we haven't heard back.

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