The state has collected only a small percentage of the $84.6 million in taxpayer money singled out by watchdogs as misspent or mishandled by public agencies since 2001, a Dayton Daily News investigation found.
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Some findings issued in 2013:
Miami Twp., Montgomery County
Issued: Nov. 26
Finding amount: $27,912
The audit called for recovery of “pension pickups” made for Trustee Charlie Lewis and his wife, Judy Lewis, the former fiscal officer. Other current and past elected officials, including trustees Mike Nolan and Deborah Preston, have repaid the employee portions of the pension payments, avoiding findings for recovery.
Richard Allen Academy
Issued: Nov. 6 and Feb. 28
Finding amount: $2.2 million
The most recent audits of the chain of charter schools with locations in Dayton and Hamilton have brought the total amount of findings against the group to $2.2 million. The schools are challenging the findings in court, arguing the state auditor is misreading the school’s contract with its management company, which the audits say was over-paid.
General Chappie James Leadership Academy
Released: Aug. 29
Finding amount: $4,335
A finding for recovery was issued for $4,335 against school founder Kecia Williams and Tracy Jarvis for undocumented debit card purchases.
Village of Mechanicsburg
Release date: July 9
Finding amount: $474
The audit revealed numerous errors in Mechanicsburg’s financial records including $474 unaccounted for from the petty cash account in the village’s utility department.
Cincinnati College and Preparatory Academy
Release date: June 18
Finding amount: $520,000
Professional football season tickets, trips to the theater, travel expenses and cocktails are just a few of the nearly $520,000 in items for which taxpayers picked up the tab, according to the special audit of the Cincinnati College Preparatory Academy (CCPA). The findings in this audit led to the indictments of former Superintendent Lisa Hamm and former Treasurer Stephanie Millard.
Cleveland Academy of Scholarship Technology and Leadership Enterprise
Release date: April 23
Finding amount: $1.3 million
Employees’ allegedly illegal relationships with vendors and shoddy bookkeeping led to more than $1.3 million in findings for recovery issued in the special audit of the Cleveland Academy of Scholarship, Technology, and Leadership Enterprise (CASTLE). The school was managed by William Peterson of Dayton, who pleaded guilty last week to having in unlawful interest in a public contract.
St. Clair Twp., Butler County
Release date: Feb. 5
Finding amount: $1,072
Townships officials owe $1,072 in findings for recovery for undocumented credit card purchases. This was one of many sloppy accounting practices uncovered in the audit, including an alcohol purchase with township funds and missed tax payments that cost the township nearly $9,000 in penalties.
By the numbers
Total amount of findings issued since 2001: $84,568,474
Amount uncollected: $70,669,366
Amount uncollectible dut to statute of limitations: $32,059,920
Amount ‘virtually uncollectble’ owed by charter schools: $24,733,164.51
Amount actively being collected by Ohio Attorney General: $10,380,740.02
Source: Ohio Auditor of State, Ohio Attorney General