Former Hannibal school superintendent Scott Taveau has been arrested in Florida on stealing charges from Missouri.

 


Former Hannibal school superintendent Scott Taveau has been arrested in Florida on stealing charges from Missouri.
Taveau, 60, of Hudson, Fla., is charged with two counts of theft for incidents relating to his tenure with the Liberty, Mo., school district.
Taveau was arrested by the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office and booked into the Land O’ Lakes, Fla, detention center about 9:45 p.m. Wednesday.
A Clay County, Mo., grand jury indicted Taveau Tuesday on one count each of stealing by deceit and attempted stealing by deceit. Both charges are felonies.
In the count referring to stealing by deceit, the indictment alleges that Taveau improperly received benefit payments from the Missouri Public School Retirement System while serving as Liberty superintendent.
The attempted stealing by deceit charge alleges that Taveau claimed he was entitled to 20 days of vacation from the district, which was more than he was entitled to take.
Taveau was superintendent at Liberty from 1999 to 2006 and served in Hannibal from 1989 to 1999. The indictments were strictly related to alleged activities in the Liberty district and did not  mention Taveau's tenure in Hannibal.
An audit report released last year raised questions about various financial matters in the Liberty district. The issues ranged from unauthorized use of school property or credit cards, worth a few hundred dollars, to mismanagement of multimillion-dollar construction contracts.
Some of the alleged misconduct occurred during Taveau’s tenure as superintendent.
The indictment is the result of a police investigation requested by the school board of the district’s financial matters.