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New Fraud, Theft Found in Detroit’s Schools

By Tribune News Service — September 06, 2016 1 min read

A report released last week by the Detroit district’s office of inspector general reveals multiple incidents of improper—and sometimes illegal—activity.

The report by the reinstated IG’s office, which had been eliminated in summer 2015, includes summaries of investigations of what happened in the latter half of 2014 through April 2015 and in 2016. The cases include missing technology equipment, missing money, fraudulent transcripts provided by an employee at the time of hire, and payroll overpayments.

Among the new findings: An employee pocketed $59,000 in fraudulent overtime; a principal set up a food store in a school without permission; and about $2,500 was collected at a school for a field trip and bagged for pickup by an armored car but then seemingly disappeared.

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A version of this article appeared in the September 07, 2016 edition of Education Week as New Fraud, Theft Found in Detroit’s Schools

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