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June 23, 2024

District 95’s Grand Jury Subpoena –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On May 25, 2024

Paris, Ill. (ECWd) –

Last summer after the FBI searched the former superintendent’s home, we submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to Paris District 95 for a copy of the grand jury subpoena.  They provided a heavily redacted copy, refused to un-redact any of it, and we then filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit in Edgar County Circuit Court. We also published an article on grand jury subpoenas being subject to FOIA (here).

Last week, Judge Sullivan ordered District 95 to produce the subpoena with only select redactions; which includes names, and two columns of a spreadsheet, among others.

Today we received the 19-page subpoena.

Keep in mind when reading this article and the subpoena, that there has yet to be any indictments, and unless and until that happens, you must take this information at face value – even the Poker Table, Porcelain Dinner Plates and Dishes, Allewie King Size Platform Bed Frame/Fabric Upholstered Bed Frame with Diamond Button Tufted Headboard/Adjustable Headboard/Wood Slat Support/Mattress Foundation, and yes, Dr. Squatch and boxer briefs, as all those items surely have some school-related public purpose……

Here are some of the items the grand jury was asking for:

  • Employee files of two named employees (we probably know who one of them is)
  • Training files of two named employees
  • Disciplinary actions of two named employees
  • Vendor history of two named vendors
  • Bank account information of two named accounts
  • List of school district equipment, by name, serial numbers, and current location, issued to three named individuals
  • Certifications of two named employees
  • Emails between some individuals and the auditors
  • All text messages to/from the district provided cell phone of two named individuals
  • All social media messages from two named individuals
  • Copies of certain payments, invoices, supporting documentation, and canceled checks of a provided list of transactions to two named entities/individuals
  • Copy of health insurance agreements of two named individuals
  • Proof of how W-2s and 1099s were distributed
  • Any information D-95 was aware of related to active criminal, civil, or administrative litigation involving two named individuals
  •  All meeting agendas, minutes, and recordings where any discussion or statements were made regarding and named individual’s compensation
  • Copies of approved personal purchases of one named individual
  • All documentation related to an attached spreadsheet of checks written
  • Physically produce (or submit photo or permit an FBI agent to inspect and photograph) the following items for grand jury inspection: the expansive list includes: iRobot Roombas, Ring cameras, locks, barn door hardware, doors, Smart mapping for Alexa, iRobot mop, Brilliant smart home control for Alexa, Google Nest learning thermostat, colonial door knocker, smart switches, MyQ garage hub smart controller, NFL Cornhole bag game, Chicago Bears cornhole set, laundry sorter, programmable light bulbs, cotton rope basket, under cabinet LED light kits, Ring doorbell, area rug, Sony 75″ 4K Untra Smart LED TV, Barrington Billard Poker Table, Walnut Butcher Block Countertop, SAFAVIEH area rugs, kitchen door runners, pull-down faucet, commercial stainless steel sink, TV wall mount, dishwasher, Chaise, porcelain dinner plates and dishes, tumblers, silverware set, cutlery, Christmas porcelain serving set, glass beverage pitcher, ceramic bowls, wine glass set, King bed frame with diamond tufted wood slats upholstered and mattress foundation, distressed metal vintage decorative mini lantern, mason jar table centerpiece, Tiffany hummingbird stained glass floor lamp, artificial potted plants, another Tiffany floor lamp, round wood welcome sign, Chaise, chest freezer, more butcher blocks, shelving, 1/2 inch Milwaukee impact wrench, Samsung 75 inch 4K smart TV, Dr. Squatch soap, Adidas men’s mesh boxer briefs, and performance boxer briefs, Fruit of the Loom Men’s coolzone boxer briefs, stretch cotton boxer briefs, Dr. Squatch variety packs, leather briefcase business bag, leather briefcase handbag, alarm clock, Apple iPad with case, JETech 75 inch 4K smart TV, Men’s spandex golf shirt and polos, vintage leather travel Notebook.
Redacted GJ Subpoena 5_24_2024

 

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