By Ryan Yousefi
According to records, Broward County Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie, 59, was arrested on April 21 by Florida’s top law enforcement agency.
According to The Sun-Sentinel, the only charge on file is perjury in an official proceeding, and the arresting agency on file is the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. According to his indictment, Runcie lied under oath between March 31 and April 1 while testifying under oath to a state grand jury.
WPLG Local 10 reports that the charges against Runcie stem from multiple investigations, including an investigation into the reported refusal or failure to follow the mandates of school-related safety laws, such as the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Act.
Also cited in the inditement is testimony related to the investigation of whether public entities committed and continue to commit fraud and deceit by accepting state funds conditioned on the implementation of certain safety measures while knowingly failing to act.
Reportedly at issue is whether school officials committed and continue to commit fraud and deceit by mismanaging, failing to use, and diverting funds from multimillion-dollar bonds specifically solicited for school safety initiatives.
School Board attorney Barbara Myrick was also arrested on a charge of unlawful disclosure of statewide grand jury proceedings. Her charges are reportedly for the “knowingly and unlawfully public, broadcast, disclose or communicate to another person outside the statewide grand jury room any of the proceedings.” Her alleged offenses are believed to have occurred between March 31 and April 14.
Runcie was taken into custody early Wednesday morning at the Broward County Main Jail and released.
We have reached out to law enforcement for comment on Runcie’s arrest. We will keep readers updated on information coming out of this case as new information is made available.
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- Ryan Yousefi has lived in Coral Springs for over 30 years. He has worked as a writer for multiples outlets over the years, including the Miami New Times where he has covered sports and culture since 2013. He holds a Bachelor's Degree and a Master's Degree in Business Healthcare Management from Western Governors University.
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