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Louisville man charged with theft in school attendance case

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Oldham County School officials say they're cracking down on parents who use fake addresses so their children can attend schools in the district.

Charles Lauron of Louisville is charged with theft by deception, after his son attended Oldham County schools for eight years, using a friend's Goshen address. That friend is also charged with theft.

Oldham County Schools says it's already received a few calls from people "coming clean" because they don't want to face charges.

Anne Coorsen a spokeswoman for the district says, "we do spend a lot of time tracking down people who are bringing their kids in from another county."

Oldham County Public Schools investigates about 100 cases each year of people so called "hopping the county line" with fake addresses so their child can attend one of its schools known for high test scores.

Most are from Jefferson County. But last school year, families in Fairdale and Bullitt County were caught doing the same thing.

Coorsen says, "there were comments made by the student about things that happened in his neighborhood and we checked the address in Oldham County and that is not, in fact, where they were living."

Now, parent Charles Lauron of Lyndon is charged with theft by deception for allegedly falsifying his address for the past eight years. Friday was the last day for his eighth grader to attend North Oldham Middle.

The district says Lauron claimed he lived in Goshen on Whirlaway Circle. But after an investigation, the district found out Donna Claggett lives there, Lauron's friend.

Claggett is also charged with theft by deception. If convicted of the felony, both could face five to 10 years in jail and up to a $10,000 fine. The district says both Lauron and Claggett signed an affidavit stating Lauron and his son live there.

Coorsen says, "there were a variety of addresses given by parent on enrollment card. We looked into his family before and didn't have enough evidence that they weren't living at residence stated on their enrollment card."

The district says Lauron and his son really live on New LaGrange Road in Lyndon. Lauron could not be reached for comment, but said over the weekend, he doesn't know what the big deal is.

The district says taxpayers and the district lose when people use fake addresses.

Coorsen says the district calculates what it gets from county taxes for children to be educated and that comes to $3,300 a year. She says, "so if you look at that over seven to eight-year period, it's in excess of $20,000 in this one case."

The district says it already has other families on its radar and is encouraging the public to give tips on people who are illegally enrolled in its schools.


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