Unscrupulous Administrator

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Posts about real school tragedy, crime and/or events can be upsetting.

Abuse of public funds. Fleecing of America. Whatever spin you want to put on stealing money from schools—plain and simple, it’s beyond stupid.

To begin with, schools don’t have a lot of money, so when someone spends extravagantly or steals, eventually someone will notice.

Schools regularly have other agencies and independent auditors reviewing the books. Eventually, someone will notice when money goes missing or a payment looks suspicious.

BLOG POST #156: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving an unscrupulous associate superintendent.

Long Fall From The Top

He held the position of Head Associate Superintendent for Organizational Development and Human Resources in a large school district until he directed a subordinate district employee to issue a check for more than $200,000 to a Leadership Academy. His Leadership Academy. Once the check had cleared, he moved the money to have easier access.

Devil In The Details

School districts require purchase orders to validate payments, especially when large amounts are involved. The former associate superintendent submitted a dummy purchase order he’d created.

And then he went on a spending spree. Shopped at high-end stores. Purchased a high-end car. Paid for his law school tuition. Traveled.

Someone Noticed

Initially charged with embezzling more than $200,000 and money laundering, he later pleaded guilty to defrauding a program receiving federal funding.

There was a possible sentence of 10 years in a federal prison for one count and 20 years on the other.

Corruption in any form is a serious crime, but when a defendant steals from a school district, he robs children of funds intended for their education and their future,” prosecuting United States Attorney said.

The judge sentenced him to 12 months in federal prison followed by one year home confinement. His sentence included three years supervised release and he was ordered to pay more than $330,000 in restitution to the school district.

Worth Mentioning: Three years after a judge showed the former associate superintendent leniency in his corruption case, he appeared before the same judge for violated the terms of his probation. He lied about whether or not he’d been convicted of a crime on an application with the state to renew his administrative license. He indicated he’d not been convicted of any crimes.

In addition, he failed to notify his probation officer that he was questioned by the state attorney general’s office about the application issue. And he failed to get permission to travel farther than permissible for the hearings on the matter—also a violation of his probation. He pledged to do better, begging the judge to not send him back to prison. All fell on deaf ears, he went back to federal prison for a short stint.

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