By Derek Helling
University of Missouri tutor, Yolanda Kumar, stated that she was directed by officials in the athletic department to reward impermissible academic benefits to more than 12 athletes. The university subsequently opened an investigation and the conclusion aims allegations at Kumar. While she admits to have assisted in entrance exams and even completed entire courses, Kumar also stated that she was encouraged to do so by at least two Academic Coordinators. Although Kumar never disputed her involvement, there appears to be no motive for her to commit the fraud.
By Julie Carr Smyth, Associated Press
A state audit of the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT), formerly Ohio's largest online charter school, revealed that ECOT had broken the law by withholding payment information and inflating the time students spent learning. In their payment claims, ECOT did not specify the time students were learning and did not deduct the time that students spent offline. Auditor, David Yost, stated that withholding information to mislead state education regulators represented criminal fraud. The audit findings were forwarded to the FBI, the U.S. Attorney General, and the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Inspector General.
David T. Shulik was convicted of embezzlement after using a charter school to pilfer $800,000 from the School District of Philadelphia. With the help of Chaka Fattah Jr., Shulick falsified student enrollment and paperwork to inflate the school's budget in order to siphon funds. Shulik listed nannies and housekeepers as employees of the school, and used funds to renovate his vacation home and purchase a $9,000 set of speakers. In 2016, Fattah was convicted for his role in a scam at Delaware Valley High School and stated that Shulik helped him perpetrate the fraud. Fattah was sentenced to five years in prison for this scam, while Shulik could now face prison time and is expected to pay restitution to the district.
By Seaborn Larson
A former IT director for the Poplar School District entered into a plea deal with prosecutors for embezzling approximately $90,000 from the district. Sheri Forbregd Gossage pleaded guilty to wire fraud yesterday after being indicted on wire fraud and theft from a state and local government receiving federal funds back in February. The Montana school district officials stated that they became aware of missing funds last August and found that Gossage was making personal purchases with the district credit card. Her sentencing is scheduled for August 16th.
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