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Another couple indicted in Houston for false enrollment

WARNER ROBINS — A Houston County grand jury indicted a Fort Valley couple Tuesday as part of an effort to curb improper enrollment in Houston schools.

George Randall Lucas and Debra Lucas, of 109 Summer Breeze Court, were indicted on two counts of false statements and writings in reference to address, Houston County District Attorney Kelly Burke said. The couple had been using a Perry address.

The indictment against the husband and wife is the first against parents falsifying addresses presented to a grand jury since Sept. 15. Under those charges, parents are accused of lying or misstating a material fact to a governmental agency, in this case, the Houston County Board of Education.

To date, Burke has presented two other cases to a grand jury.

Terry O’Rear of Hawkinsville was indicted on two counts of false statements and writings. The case against O’Rear still is pending, Burke said.

Cliff and Tammy Pulsifer of Fort Valley also were indicted on one count of false statements and writing, but their case has been dismissed, and they have worked out a restitution agreement with the school board, Burke said.

However, Burke said most cases will not be prosecuted and instead will be settled through the Houston County Board of Education.

Almost 500 students were found to be attending schools either out-of-county or out-of-zone as a result of the investigation, said Robin Hines, assistant superintendent for school operations in Houston County.

To contact writer Andrea Castillo, call 256-9751.

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