Audits of Detroit district show financial mess

Aug. 6, 2009
School system had millions of dollars in questionable spending

From The Detroit Free Press: Two audits have found millions of dollars in questionable spending in the Detroit Public Schools, including unused equipment and dead people who were registered for health benefits. Emergency financial manager Robert Bobb says he will turn over any evidence of criminal wrongdoing to county prosecutors. Among the findings: 160 outdated BlackBerrys, 11 motorcycles, 97 two-way phones and 50 handheld radios sat unused. One audit also showed that 411 people -- including some who are dead -- were receiving health insurance even though they weren't eligible. Ending those benefits will save the district an immediate $2.1 million.

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