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Charter school audit shows $520,000 misspent

CINCINNATI (Jeff Hirsh) -- More allegations of misuse of public money against two former top officials of a Cincinnnati Charter school.

Ohio auditor of state Dave Yost released an audit today of the Cincinnati College Preparatory Academy. This is the audit for the fiscal year ending June 30th, 2011 and it's not pretty for the taxpayers nor for the people at the school who allegedly abused the public trust.

Auditor Dave Yost says the audit reveals details of a taxpayer-financed posh lifestyle for former superintendent Lisa Hamm and former treasurer Stephanie Millard.
 
CCPA has one building in the West End, and another in Madisonville. It's one of the larger charter schools in the state.

A previous special audit covering 2006 through 2010 alleged some $520,000 public dollars misused by Hamm and Millard, including trips to Europe, theater tickets, and lawn care services.
 
Last year, Hamm and Millard were indicted on 26 counts of theft in office, unauthorized use of property, tampering with evidence, and tampering with records.  Hamm and Millard were fired a few days after the indictments came out.
 
Tuesday's audit includes allegations of $7,800 in overpaid salaries, nearly $38,000  worth of improper expenditures on entertainment, food, and travel - including tickets to Cirque du Soleil, and Blue Hawaiian Helicopter Tours.

There are also allegations of excessive sick leave for some CCPA employees, late filing of federal tax forms by about two years, and illegal hiring of a CCPA board member's relative.

 Auditor Yost said these findings add to the evidence pile, now it's up to the jury.  Local 12 has a call in to the attorney for Lisa Hamm and to the school but have not heard back.  Hamm and Millard have pled not guilty. Hamm and Millard are scheduled to go on trial next month.

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