Saturday, February 6, 2016

Perrysburg Education board given audit in embezzling case

The Perrysburg Board of Education on Tuesday was presented with the special Ohio Auditor of the State report regarding a former employee in the schools’ treasurer’s office discovered embezzling and later sentenced to 10 years in prison. 
A spokesman with the Ohio Auditor of the State said an audit report meeting was scheduled for Tuesday.
However, that spokesman didn’t know when the audit was to be released.  
Board President Jarman Davis said before Tuesday’s meeting that he couldn’t release any details about the report because it was still in the state’s control. 
The Blade has requested a copy of the audit.
The district went into executive session at 4:30 p.m. to consider the dismissal or discipline of a public employee or official, to consider the appointment of an employee, or confer with the board’s attorney concerning matters involving the public body.
The board came out of the meeting at 7:30 p.m. and took no action.
Eric Whitson had worked in the treasurer’s office for 10 years and was fired shortly after his indictment for theft in office last year in 2014.
Two weeks ago, Whitson, 31, was sentenced to 10 years in prison and to pay restitution of $800,000 between Perrysburg schools and the Bowling Green Bobcat Athletic Boosters.
For months, the board of education and school administration wouldn’t discuss the matter while waiting for the state auditor’s report.
The embezzlement was discovered in 2014 when a new volunteer for the boosters group questioned checks written to them from Perrysburg schools.

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