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Ex-superintendent charged with embezzlement

April 14, 2017
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The former superintendent of a school district in the region has been charged with embezzlement and obtaining money by false pretenses for allegedly cashing in too many vacation days.

Berrien County Prosecutor Michael Sepic said 56-year-old Leonard Seawood of Benton Harbor was arraigned yesterday and freed on bond.

Sepic said Seawood's contract with Benton Harbor Area Schools allowed him to cash out at most five vacation days per year, but he received cash payouts for an extra 75 days, amounting to about $75,000, from 2012 to 2015. Seawood received 25 vacation days per year.

Sepic said the Benton Harbor Board of Education suspended Seawood on April 30, 2015 and later reached a termination agreement with him. He had been superintendent since 2010.

Seawood doesn't have a published telephone number, and he could not be reached for comment.

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