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.
The President of the Los Angeles Board of Education stepped down after being found guilty of money laundering involving campaign donations. President Rodriguez was the first charter school operator to join the board of education and received more than $2 million from California Charter Schools Assn. Advocates (CCSA Advocates) during the election. He was backed by supporters that wanted to convert the public schools in Los Angeles County to a charter system.
The founder of an Akron charter school company is accused of using millions of taxpayer dollars to pay for home mortgages, plastic surgery, extensive world travel, credit card debt, and more. A Florida prosecutor alleges that the founder fabricated invoices, embellished enrollment, misappropriated public funds, and created an elaborate network of limited liability companies in order to bilk taxpayers, parents, and students in a multi-state scheme.
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