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Crimes of Former Fiscal Officer Haunt Cincinnati College Preparatory Academy
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Columbus – Details of the taxpayer-financed posh lifestyles of two former Cincinnati College Preparatory Academy (CCPA) officials continue to surface nearly one year after their indictments, according to an audit released today by Auditor of State Dave Yost.
“These findings add to the evidence pile,” Auditor Yost said. “Now it’s up to the jury.”
The audit reviewed records from fiscal year 2011. During that time, former Superintendent Lisa Hamm used CCPA credit cards without board approval for expenditures that were not related to school business. Purchases were made from various vendors including Hawaiian Airlines, Blue Hawaiian Helicopter Tours, Cirque Du Soleil and Tickets.com. Former treasurer Stephanie Millard authorized the payments, totaling $37,604. A finding for recovery was issued holding both jointly and severally liable for that amount.
The audit also identified three salary overpayments, totaling $7,806. Findings for recovery were issued against each staff member, and Millard is held jointly and severally liable for the full amount.
A separate special audit was initiated on December 22, 2009 after allegations of credit card misuse surfaced. The special audit was released in June 2013 and included nearly $520,000 in findings for recovery related to inappropriate expenditures made by Hamm and Millard. The Hamilton County Prosecutor obtained indictments against Hamm and Millard on March 6, 2013 on 26 charges of theft in office, unauthorized use of property, tampering with evidence and tampering with records. The CCPA Board of Directors terminated the employment of Hamm and Millard on March 18, 2013.
A full copy of this audit may be accessed online.
The Auditor of State’s office, one of five independently elected statewide offices in Ohio, is responsible for auditing more than 5,800 state and local government agencies. Under the direction of Auditor Dave Yost, the office also provides financial services to local governments, investigates and prevents fraud in public agencies and promotes transparency in government.