CINCINNATI - Two members of a Cincinnati charter school are scheduled to appear in court Friday morning after they allegedly stole more than $148,000 in taxpayer dollars from school coffers.
In March, a grand jury indicted Cincinnati College Preparatory Academy Superintendent Dr. Lisa Hamm and contracted treasurer Stephanie Millard on 26 counts of theft in office, unauthorized use of property, tampering with evidence and tampering with records. The pair allegedly spent money from the school on trips to Chicago, sightseeing tours through California and Europe and a trip to Boston to see Oprah, Ohio Auditor of State Dave Yost reported...Among the trips that were part of the indictment included a $20,000, 10-day tour through California in a rental car with a hired driver, meals and hotel stays. Other details include a proposed trip to see Chicago charter schools where Hamm and other staff saw Tina Turner in concert, according to the report, and a trip to Europe with staff where Hamm was supposed to secure residency...The investigation, and indictments, were the result of an anonymous tip sent to the Auditor of State's office in November 2006 and ensuing audits that occurred from July 1, 2006 through May 31, 2010. A special audit is ongoing...
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“Charter school officials to appear in court for allegedly spending $148K in school funds.” WCPO TV (Cinncinati, OH), 04/05/2013