Education A National Roundup

Audit Says N.Y. District Lost $11.2 Million to Theft ‘Spree’

By David J. Hoff — March 08, 2005 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

Former employees of a New York state school district, along with friends and family members, spent more than $11.2 million of district funds on personal items, a state audit concludes.

After reviewing eight years of spending by the Roslyn, N.Y., district, the New York state comptroller’s office says it found that 26 people spent public money for cars, insurance policies, and mortgage payments. They also withdrew district dollars from automatic teller machines for personal use, according to the audit.

“Certain senior officials with the keys to the cash register went on a spending spree of massive proportions,” Alan G. Hevesi, the state comptroller, said in a statement last week. “The trust that is essential for school districts to do their job has been shattered.”

Last year, prosecutors charged three former district officials, including the superintendent, with embezzling $2.3 million. All have pleaded not guilty. (“Superintendent of Wealthy District Charged in Embezzlement Scandal,” July 14, 2004.)

Mr. Hevesi said the district’s new management is implementing the auditors’ recommendations to prevent further improper spending and reports its progress every three months. The comptroller’s office will audit the 3,300-student district again next year.

Related Tags:

A version of this article appeared in the March 09, 2005 edition of Education Week


This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Student Well-Being Webinar
A Whole Child Approach to Supporting Positive Student Behavior 
To improve student behavior, it’s important to look at the root causes. Social-emotional learning may play a preventative role.

A whole child approach can proactively support positive student behaviors.

Join this webinar to learn how.
Content provided by Panorama
Recruitment & Retention Live Online Discussion A Seat at the Table: Why Retaining Education Leaders of Color Is Key for Student Success
Today, in the United States roughly 53 percent of our public school students are young people of color, while approximately 80 percent of the educators who lead their classrooms, schools, and districts are white. Racial
Jobs January 2022 Virtual Career Fair for Teachers and K-12 Staff
Find teaching jobs and other jobs in K-12 education at the EdWeek Top School Jobs virtual career fair.

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Education Briefly Stated: January 12, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education School Bus Driver Retires After 48 Years Behind Wheel
Charles City school bus driver Betty Flick sat behind the wheel for the final time last week, wrapping up a 48-year career for the district.
3 min read
Charles City school bus driver Betty Flick poses with one of her farewell signs. Flick has been driving for Charles City School District for 48 years.
Betty Flick quickly fell in love with the job and with the kids, which is what has had her stay in the district for this long.
Courtesy of Abby Koch/Globe Gazette
Education Briefly Stated: December 1, 2021
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
9 min read
Education Briefly Stated: November 17, 2021
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read