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Williams family submits $20,967.36 check to school system in missing funds case

The situation of missing funds at the Unicoi County School System got another twist this morning when Angie Williams, who is accused by Director of Schools Denise Brown of taking public money for “personal use,” submitted a check totaling $20.967.36.
A fax was received by The Erwin Record at 10:05 a.m. on a paper simply titled “PRESS RELEASE: MAY 27, 2010.”
The fax is a typed two-sentence statement. Below the typed copy are these handwritten words: “Submitted by: Brad Williams.”
Brad Williams is the husband of Angie Williams. Brad is the band director at Unicoi County High School.
Angie Williams resigned her position as finance director for the Unicoi County School System May 25.
Mr. Williams said the handwritten words are not his signature. He did say, though, that the central office was authorized to write those words to serve as his signature since he sent the original statement electronically and, thus, could not submit a real signature.
The press release says: “Former Unicoi County Schools Finance Director Angie Williams submitted re-payment of misspent unauthorized funds in the amount of $20,967.36 on Thursday, May 27, 2010. The cashier’s check was presented to Director of Schools Denise Brown at the central office on Thursday morning at 8 a.m. and receipted by the office.”
The Erwin Record reached Brad Williams at UCHS.
Mr. Williams first said he had nothing to say beyond the prepared statement, but he did answer some questions for clarification purposes.
He said he was the one who prepared the press release and that he sent an electronic file to the central office through the school system’s inner-office e-mail account.
When asked to explain what he meant by “misspent unauthorized funds,” Mr. Williams said he was simply using wording issued Wednesday by Brown in her press release.
Mr. Williams said the decision to provide the school system with a check was one his family “made on our own” and that he was not asked to do so by Brown or anyone else.
Asked why the check was made out for $20,967.36, Mr. Williams said this was the correct amount owed and noted that Brown’s original press release from Wednesday simply said “an amount estimated to be $21,000.”
When asked if his wife had an attorney, Mr. Williams said, “I have no further comment other than what was submitted and released.”
When asked if he or his wife could shed light on the missing funds, Mr. Williams said, “I have no further comment other than what was submitted and released.”
When asked if his wife had been personally contacted by state auditors or the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Mr. Williams said, “I have no further comment other than what was submitted and released.”
When asked if the issued statement and the check amounted to an admission of guilt by his wife, Mr. Williams said, “I have no further comment other than what was submitted and released.”