Guilty pleas expected from former Surrey School District staffers

Robert and Barbara Chadwick facing theft and fraud charges.

Bob Chadwick

A former Surrey School District administrator and his wife are expected to plead guilty to theft and fraud charges early next month.

Robert (Bob) Chadwick and his wife Barbara Chadwick (nee Moore) were criminally charged last summer in connection with alleged schemes in which the pair diverted thousands of district dollars into their own bank accounts.

Both were charged with theft over $5,000 and fraud over $5,000. Robert was also charged with breach of trust by a public officer.

According to court services, the couple intends to plead guilty to all charges during a court appearance scheduled for May 4.

Bob Chadwick was an associate superintendent with the school district, while Barbara was his administrative assistant. They were not married at the time. The two resigned abruptly in October 2006, with the school district unable to reveal why due to confidentiality rules.

In 2009, however, the school district launched a civil suit against them, accusing them of large-scale fraud and kickback schemes involving thousands of dollars. That suit was settled out of court in March, with the Surrey Board of Education agreeing to dismiss the lawsuit in exchange for $78,000 from the Chadwicks.

An investigation of Robert by the B.C. College of Teachers is pending. Barbara wasn’t subject to a teachers’ college investigation because she was an administrative assistant and not required to be certified by the professional organization.