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Closed Ohio charter school got more than $1 million by padding enrollment
Auditor says the now-defunct charter school claimed nearly twice its real enrollment
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE BUREAU CHIEF KAREN KASLER


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Yost has turned the audit over to Ohio prosecutors and the Ohio Attorney General.
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A special audit has found that a now-closed Ohio charter school padded its enrollment, bringing it more than a million dollars in state funds it shouldn’t have gotten.

State Auditor David Yost says that General Chappie James Leadership Academy near Dayton reported having 459 students in attendance, but only 239 students could be documented.

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“If you have 3 percent or 5 percent of your student population doesn’t have documentation, that might be bad record keeping. When nearly half of your kids don’t have a file, there’s no documentation, that’s not a mistake, that’s not bad bookkeeping. That’s fraud," Yost says. 

Yost says he’s turned the audit over to prosecutors and the Ohio Attorney General. Kids Count of Dayton was the school’s sponsor. That group had problems a few years ago with misspent funds and potential conflicts in oversight at another now-closed charter school.

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