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Transcript details case against former school district leader

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Updated: 7/24/2014 2:04 am

LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- A transcript obtained by News 3 shows a very complicated financial web in the indictment of a former Clark County School District leader.

Priscilla Rocha was in charge of a program that helped people learn to speak English as a second language.

The Grand Jury transcript outlines what is described as a spider web of alleged misuse of public money from 'ghost' employees, to purchasing expensive electronics with school district money to deliver to Mexico.

Metro Detective Robert Whiteley testified, Rocha "is one of the main targets of our investigation. She's one of the primary focuses of what we've been looking at."

Rocha was in charge of the Adult English Language Acquisition Services. Investigators say in that position, she would be in charge of "authorizing any of the documents, any of the purchases, any of the credit card purchases."

Detective Whiteley also found at least two 'ghost' employees with bank accounts receiving money that was never earned.

That's because those named on the accounts were not even working for the school district, and he says at least one of the accounts was based in New Mexico. Another questionable account included Rocha's son, Jerome.

And the investigation revealed yet another alleged incident -- an employee who worked directly under Rocha was pulling two paychecks for the same shifts.

Rocha was also owner of Yamilex Hair Salon. Her former employee Ana Isabel Soto testified she would be sent by Rocha instead to work at the salon, even though she was allegedly being paid by the Clark County School District for the same time periods.

Another former employee testified about three trips to Ensenada, and even a rental van being stuffed with computers and electronics to deliver to schools there. Maria Rivera told the grand jury she did not know those computers were purchased with school district money.

News 3 contacted Rocha, who said she has been advised not to speak to anyone for now; once the case is over, she would like to talk about the case, which she believes she will win.



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