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Principal facing ethics investigation again

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GREENSBORO - AL -

    ABC 33/40 has learned that Dyana Thomas, Principal of Greensboro High School in Hale County was placed on leave in January.

    Thomas is facing his third investigation into the questionable use of school funds in six years.  Each case has been with a different school system where Thomas has worked.

    District Attorney, Michael Jackson declined to talk specifics about the pending case but says it could result in Felony charges.

    Greensboro Police Chief, Willie Hudson tells ABC 33/40 Thomas was allegedly funneling funds through checks written to others,"They were cashed and in some cases the money did not go to the person whose name was on the check," he said.

     Hale County's School Superintendent would not talk about the matter.   But, Chief Hudson says once its office completed its investigation, school officials contacted the states ethics commission.  "The school was given the paperwork and next thing the ethics department called us," said Chief Hudson.

     We talked with some of Thomas' students who are on Spring Break this week.  They tell ABC 33/40 Thomas is a good academic principal and quite a disciplinarian.

     But, its not the first time that Thomas has faced accusations of mishandling school funds. In 2007, Thomas pleaded guilty to a case in Choctaw County. He received 5 years probation and a judge ordered Thomas to pay restitution.

     In 2012, Thomas was fined $1000 by the Ethics Commission regarding a school funding issue.

      He was hired in Hale County to be principal at Greensboro High School last June.

     Thomas will go before the Ethics Commission again April 2, 2014 regarding the latest allegations.   District Attorney, Michael Jackson says depending on what the ethics commission decides it will be turned over to his office for prosecution.