breaking news

Red Cross says 21 staffers paid for sexual service in past 3 years

Retired teachers non-profit faces allegations of theft, mismanagement

The recently fired executive director of a non-profit lodged a complaint with the Ohio Attorney General that alleges he was fired after uncovering corruption, fraud and theft.

John Cavanaugh, who was dismissed earlier this month by the Ohio Retired Teachers Association, said in his complaint: “This is an urgent matter as my office manager and I have been tipped off that the Executive Committee plans to destroy evidence of criminal activity and fraud once we are terminated.”

ORTA, a non-profit with roughly 20,000 members, keeps an eye on pension issues impacting retired Ohio teachers.

“Everything you got in front of you is just ridiculous,” said Randy Overbeck, president of the ORTA board, regarding Cavanaugh’s complaint. “John was fired for insubordination and breach of confidentiality.”

Cavanaugh declined to comment.

Related: Retired teachers to lose cost of living increase

Evelyn Massey, who joined ORTA as the office manager in April 2016, also filed a complaint with the Attorney General’s Charitable Law Section, detailing that she found a lack of documentation for credit card charges and extra paychecks issued to some ORTA employees.

But on Tuesday, Massey said she was pressured by Cavanaugh to file the complaint in February and now she wants to withdraw it. “He wanted me to go ahead and file a complaint, so I did. He was my boss,” she said.

She said she isn’t sure if the lack of documentation for some checks and charges is a matter of honest mistakes or something more serious.

In June 2016, Mark Anderson, a certified public accountant who reviewed ORTA financial records, told the board that the previous administration did not appear to know how to use the sophisticated accounting and bookkeeping software that ORTA purchased.

The accountant also flagged ORTA’s use of several credit cards, saying that charges were excessive, and he noted that ORTA’s investment performance has been below average.

In a February email to Overbeck, Cavanaugh outlined 21 steps he had taken as executive director to tighten internal controls, review investment performance, remedy tax errors with the IRS and monitor cash flow.

This newspaper obtained the Cavanaugh and Massey complaints from the Attorney General’s office through a public records request. The AG’s investigative records are not made public unless it results in a court case or settlement, a spokesman said.

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Local

One of our writers prepares to step into the ring tonight
One of our writers prepares to step into the ring tonight

You cannot prepare enough for a fight, especially when you spend 40 hours a week sitting in an office writing stories. For myself and 19 others who will be stepping into the ring this Saturday at Dayton Fight Night, we’ve had about three months to learn to box and elevate our cardio fitness. Three months may be enough time to learn whether your...
Where has the Middie Magic gone? Why Middletown High School’s marquee sports are struggling
Where has the Middie Magic gone? Why Middletown High School’s marquee sports are struggling

To be successful in high school sports, four criteria must be in place: Quality facilities, coaching consistency, talented athletes and a youth program. In Middletown, where the district renovated Barnitz Stadium and built a state-of-art Wade E. Miller Arena on the high school campus, facilities can’t be blamed for the two worst football and...
What covering the 2017 NRA convention was like
What covering the 2017 NRA convention was like

Last year’s National Rifle Association convention brought 80,000 people to downtown Atlanta, and on opening day I interviewed some of the nicest people I’d ever met. Given the heated protests that preceded the April 2017 event at the Georgia World Congress Center and the “fake news media” narrative some have embraced, I thought...
Deputy who failed to engage Parkland shooter had solid work history
Deputy who failed to engage Parkland shooter had solid work history

For years, Scot Peterson loved working as a school resource deputy with the Broward Sheriff’s Office in South Florida. He was dependable. He intervened in conflicts as a mediator. He was awarded school resource deputy of the year about four years ago and was recognized at a Parkland City Commission meeting. He volunteered to help with a...
Springboro unveils plan for crossroads redevelopment
Springboro unveils plan for crossroads redevelopment

The local city government has unveiled a rendering of the proposed redevelopment of 6.5 acres at the center of Springboro in anticipation of a public meeting on March 6. The rendering and text accompany an on-line survey revealing the proposed basic makeup of the former site of the Springboro IGA Plaza, on the northwest corner of Main Street and...
More Stories