Some Philadelphia-area charters prone to fraud

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 5, 2016 2:17 AM

(Chester) --  Federal auditors say several Philadelphia-area schools are examples of schools that are susceptible to fraud, including one where they say a CEO wrote $11 million in checks to himself without board approval.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports U.S. Department of Education auditors say the CEO of the management group for an unidentified Chester school wrote checks to himself in 2008-09.

The report says a lawyer for the school reported that the board must now authorize such payments. Auditors say the school couldn't provide written procedures to support the change.

Auditors say they also found several conflicts of interest examples at a Philadelphia charter school, including in the makeup of the charter's nine-member school board and in payments the charter made to a vendor associated with the school's management company.

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