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Georgia education agency won’t escape cost of fraud case

Georgia education agency won’t escape cost of fraud case
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The bill for a 2007 fraud case involving federal education grants has come due in Georgia.

The U.S. Court of Appeals in Atlanta on Wednesday denied the state Department of Education’s petition to waive the negotiated repayment of $2.1 million connected with the decade-old fraud scheme.

The case stems from an investigation requested by the leader of the state education department at that time, Superintendent Kathy Cox. 

This resulted in a 34-page report by the Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts issued, which found a “severely flawed” competition for dollars from the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program during the 2006-07 school year, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported in 2008. “During the course of our examination, we recovered evidence indicating a complex fraud scheme was in place,” the report said.

A spokeswoman for the state education agency, now run by Superintendent Richard Woods, had no comment about the decision.


The AJC’s Ty Tagami keeps you updated on the latest happenings in K-12 education issues affecting Georgia. You’ll find more on myAJC.com, including these stories:

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