Disgraced former school district superintendent back on the public payroll

FKAA hires Randy Acevedo, convicted in 2009 of covering up wife’s theft of $413K

dgoodhue@keysreporter.comAugust 27, 2014 

A Keys public utility recently hired a former Monroe County School District superintendent convicted in 2009 on felony charges in connection with his wife’s theft of almost a half million taxpayer dollars.

The Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority hired Randy Acevedo this month as a computer technician, Pam Albury, head of FKAA human resources, confirmed Wednesday. The job pays an annual salary of $45,379, said Elvira Sawyer, FKAA executive office coordinator. 

Kirk Zuelch, FKAA executive director, could not immediately be reached for comment. 

Acevedo did not return a call made to his cell phone Wednesday. 

Acevedo, 48, was sentenced to three years of probation in 2009 on three felony counts of obstruction of justice by a public official. His wife, Monique Acevedo, was the School District’s head of adult education from 2005 to 2009. She was sentenced to eight years in prison in 2010 for stealing $413,000 from the school district, mostly by using her work credit card for personal purchases. She also stole adult education tuition fees. 

Randy Acevedo’s conviction was based on his covering up his wife’s theft. Then-Gov. Charlie Crist removed him from office. A judge also ordered Acevedo to pay a $15,000 fine and perform community service. 

Monique Acevedo’s defense attorneys claimed her actions were in part due to her suffering from untreated bipolar disorder and from a prescription painkiller addiction. 

The scandal rocked the School District and led to the district ending its policy of electing its superintendents.  

This story is developing. 

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