A former Plano school district employee admitted to stealing at least $2.5 million from the community.
The FBI says 59-year-old Kris Wilson Gentz used most of the money for gambling. Gentz pleaded guilty Wednesday to his role in the conspiracy.
FOX 4 is told that one employee saw a suspicious receipt and brought it to the attention of a district official.
Gentz was immediately fired in November. When the district started to dig even deeper, it noticed he had allegedly been stealing money for almost 10 years.
Gentz was in charge of equipping Plano schools with fire and security alarms. Investigators say he set up two false companies that were supposed to maintain those systems throughout the district.
Instead, police say he made those invoices out to his own companies and split the money with two other people.
While FBI agents say he embezzled at least $2.5 million, they estimate that number may rise to $7 million.
There is a substantial amount of evidence that most of that stolen money went to casinos.
"This man abused his position of trust for personal gain and did so at the expense of our children," said Marcus Culpepper, U.S. Education Department special agent. "That is unacceptable."
"It's frustrating, ‘cause that takes funds from the kids and our school," said concerned parent Cindy Williams. "And for our school here, Davis, they are huge supporters of students, and our parents are huge supporters of the teachers, and so for that to be taken away is a little frustrating."
Gentz was reportedly a reserve police officer for the Frisco Police Department from 1984 to 1988.
The city says he was never a paid employee, but still, law enforcement officers on a local and federal level say it really cut deep to know one of their own would take from citizens, especially children.
Gentz did release a statement to FOX 4 through his attorney expressing extreme remorse. His attorney said, "Mr. Gentz took the first few of many steps today towards repairing the damage he caused to Plano Independent School District by admitting his participation with others while taking money from the PISD.
Mr. Gentz intends to do whatever it takes within the bounds of the law to rectify the unfortunate situation with the Plano ISD."
Gentz has not yet been arrested.
He is expected back in court within 90 days for sentencing.
He faces up to five years in prison.
The district said it is immediately implementing changes to its policies and procedures.
It plans to conduct audits after this investigation, and it will hire an internal auditor to make sure this never happens again.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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