Former La Vernia principal Maria Wildenstein indicted
Wilson County indicts Maria Wildenstein on misapplication by a fiduciary
LA VERNIA, Texas – The former principal of La Vernia Junior High School has been indicted by a Wilson County grand jury.
The grand jury indicted Maria Wildenstein on misapplication by a fiduciary, a third degree felony.
In May, the KSAT Defenders investigated complaints by parents in La Vernia who said money was being misappropriated.
For example, a check written to a woman for $1,100 from a school activity account was actually cashed by Joe Felan, a friend of Wildenstein. Money for a school program was also cashed by Felan.
The district attorney's office says Wildenstein did not spend the money on herself, but used it to hire a friend to build shelving in the school.
Wildenstein resigned last year. The district says it's cooperated with the investigation and is anxious to hear a conclusion.
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