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Former W.Va. band director gets indicted

September 24, 1999|By DAVE McMILLION, Charles Town

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A former band director at Jefferson High School was indicted Thursday on charges of stealing a laptop computer from Jefferson County Schools, obtaining money by false pretenses and charging personal phone calls to the band's line.

The indictment of David Lloyd Wilson, regarded as a talented director who helped make the Jefferson High School Jazz Ensemble one of the most successful groups in the state, was handed down by a Jefferson County grand jury.

From June 1995 to January 1998, Wilson allegedly submitted travel expense vouchers to the Jefferson County Board of Education even though he had already received money for the expenses from the Jefferson County Fine Arts Association, the indictment alleges.

The indictment also alleges Wilson charged personal telephone calls to the band telephone at the high school and permitted another family member to use the band telephone credit card.

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The indictment charges include grand larceny, obtaining money and services by false pretenses where common scheme exists, obtaining money and services by false pretenses, obtaining money by false pretenses where common scheme exists and obtaining money by false pretenses.

The indictment does not list the exact value of the calls and computer, saying only the amount is more than $1,000.

Because the case is in court, school officials cannot comment, Jefferson County Schools spokeswoman Liz Thompson said Thursday.

Wilson, who resigned as band director in April last year, could not be reached for comment.

His wife, Rebecca Wilson, served one term on the Board of Education before being defeated by Peter Morgens last year.

The ensemble was a successful group under Wilson, playing before the state Legislature and business groups at The Greenbrier and once performing with the Beach Boys at the national Fourth of July Celebration in Washington, D.C.

In 1991, the group was nationally ranked by Down Beat jazz magazine, and Wilson was twice named outstanding bandmaster in West Virginia.

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