Newly appointed Inspector General for the Chicago Public Schools, Nicholas Schuler realeased the district’s annual report. Investigations revealed a billing scheme that netted a former employee over $870,000. The employee had assistance from vendors and business owners who created false invoices and multiple companies to cover the fraud.
While the OIG focused on the billing fraud, the report also lists attendance policy issues, drop out rate cover ups, and other misconduct at individual schools. Schuler recommended implementing more consistent policies to track students across the district.
With over 1,000 complaints, Schuler also noted that IG’s office doesn’t have the resources to scrutinize each instance. This creates an opportunity for fraud and misconduct to go undetected for longer periods.
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