Qué pasó: CPS official stole $870,000, says inspector

educationevents[dropcap]C[/dropcap]hicago Board of Education Inspector General Nicholas Schuler released his office’s annual report on Dec. 30.

“The investigations reported on by the OIG found major thefts of school funds; kickbacks to CPS employees; falsifications of student transfer data; fraudulent selective-enrollment high school applications; and violations of ethics, purchasing and residency rules,” said the report. “The OIG also identified over $657,000 in tuition owed by suburban families whose children fraudulently attended CPS schools.”

The report further said that the OIG would continue to work with federal and local law enforcement, other oversight agencies and prosecutorial authorities to ensure that serious breaches of the law are properly investigated and prosecuted.

At press time the alleged theft of over $870,000 by a CPS employee working with colleagues and vendors to fraudulently bill the school district for goods and services is the subject of an ongoing criminal investigation by Cook County state’s attorney office, said the report.

Another highlight of the report involves two full-time teachers who were found to also have additional full-time jobs as officers with the Chicago Police Department. Time sheets indicated they were not working both jobs at the same time. No disciplinary recommendations were made against the teachers.

In FY 2014, the OIG received 1,335 complaints alleging misconduct, waste, fraud and financial mismanagement at Chicago Public Schools. Out of that number, the office received 458 anonymous complaints, 34.3 percent of the total complaints received during the reporting year.

The full copy of the annual report can be found here.

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