Finding for Recovery of $3,815 Issued Against Former Director of the Brilliance School Over Unsupported Expenses

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

COLUMBUS – A finding for recovery of $3,815 was issued Tuesday against a former school director for improper debit card purchases, Auditor of State Keith Faber announced.

The issue was included in a financial audit of The Brilliance School in Cuyahoga County (formerly the Hope Academy for Autism in Trumbull County) covering financial activities from July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020.

Former Director Kimberly Clinkscale is liable for repayment on multiple transactions, which had no supporting documentation. According to auditors, “Without supporting documentation, proper public purpose could not be determined.”

The audit included multiple findings and management letter citations and noted the school was in financial distress. A copy of the full report is available online via Search Audits (ohioauditor.gov/auditsearch/search.aspx).


The Auditor of State’s office, one of five independently elected statewide offices in Ohio is responsible for auditing more than 5,900 state and local government agencies. Under the direction of Auditor Keith Faber, the office also provides financial services to local governments, investigates and prevents fraud in public agencies, and promotes transparency in government.

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