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Liberty County school superintendent arrested for grand theft/official misconduct

BRISTOL - Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Tallahassee Regional Operations Center and State Attorney Willie Meggs obtained a warrant for the arrest of Gloria Gay Uzzell, 51, of Bristol, Fla., earlier today on one count of grand theft, one count of official misconduct and one count of failing to disclose information in a public records request.

The investigation shows Uzzell opened a credit card in the name of the Liberty County School Board without its approval or knowledge. Investigators allege she made numerous personal purchases on the Visa card including clothing, lodging, lingerie, fuel, beauty supplies and alcohol.

Investigators believe Uzzell altered the credit card statements, blacking out personal purchases and changing travel vouchers to match her credit card purchases.  She is accused of making more than $2,000 in personal charges on the credit card.

Uzzell turned herself into the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office around 1 p.m. today and was booked into the Liberty County Jail on a $10,000 bond.  Uzzell was elected as Liberty County School Superintendent in November 2012.

The State Attorney’s Office, 2nd Judicial Circuit will prosecute this case.