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North Carolina Drops Charges Against Ferguson, Mo., Superintendent

By Tribune News Service — October 24, 2017 1 min read

Authorities in North Carolina have dropped charges that had accused the Ferguson-Florissant, Mo., schools superintendent of misusing a credit card from his former school district.

Superintendent Joseph Davis was arrested on charges of obtaining property by false pretense in August. He had been indicted for using a credit card belonging to the Washington County district to secure a hotel room for $98.41 and a Hertz rental car for $41.17 in January.

Watsi Sutton, a lawyer who represents Davis, said her client had returned the credit card to Washington County when he left the district in June 2015. But while paying for the hotel and rental car, Davis had accidentally and “innocently” selected payment information for that card that was stored in his online payment profile. Sutton said Davis didn’t know the charges were made to the card until he was arrested. Davis has arranged to reimburse the $139.58, she added.

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A version of this article appeared in the October 25, 2017 edition of Education Week as North Carolina Drops Charges Against Ferguson, Mo., Superintendent

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