A December 19, 2018 NBC news article gave an account of how a Florida resident scammed a Texas school district out of $2,000,000.
Before you dismiss this as something that could never happen in your school or community, think about all the public items that can be used to propagate fraud. Open records, board agendas, board minutes, RFPs and bid packets leave an open trail that is easy to exploit.
This is becoming a much larger issue than most people realize. The scam normally comes about when a district is doing a bond issue or a lease purchase. The most common deception in this situation is to send a billing to the district or the district's bank on letterhead of a common vendor or a vendor involved in the project. There are several different locations where the money will be sent. The money will be delivered to a bank account that a person has been recently opened and then transferred. If the operation is run by an out-of-country group, the money will probably never be recovered. If it is run by someone in the United States, the chances increase that someone will be apprehended and charged with the crime.
House Bill 1023 of the Oklahoma Legislature's 2nd Extraordinary Session gives us several considerations to take into account in the early preparation of budgets. The biggest consideration will be working within the currently passed law.
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Welcome back! The new calendar year is certain to bring thoughts of planning and preparation for the next school year. As educators, we always have to stay one step ahead and let the data guide us.