OKLAHOMA CITY — A state audit of an Oklahoma City school district has revealed several financial discrepancies.
Among other incidents, the audit says a former maintenance worker for Crooked Oak school district received $59,000 in unauthorized compensation over two years through the use of false time sheets, and a superintendent signed a vendor contract without prior approval.
Auditors said Michael Robinson, the former maintenance worker, was routinely paid 115 hours of overtime a month, with “no explanation of the overtime hours” provided.
Robinson claims he has been wrongly accused.
He said when he first went to work for the district he had two full-time jobs — an evening job as a Spencer police officer and a daytime job as a school district landscape maintenance worker.
He said the superintendent came to him and asked what it would take to get him to work just for the school district. Robinson told him he didn’t want to change if it would result in him earning less money.
“They came up with these overtime hours … which I was working,” he said. “I was working those extended hours.”
Robinson said he never asked how much he was being paid per hour.
Auditors also said superintendent Bradley Richards appeared to have violated state law by signing a contract with a vendor to provide a three-day summer instructional football camp without getting prior school board approval, or setting aside the funds in a timely manner.
Richards acknowledged that the $25,500 summer instructional football camp contract was mishandled, but said it was simple human error.
The Oklahoman (http://bit.ly/2corD05 ) reports that State Auditor Gary Jones plans to refer the report to an Oklahoma County district attorney for review for possible criminal charges.
Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com