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.
We’re back in business, everybody! It was such a pleasure spending the summer with so many of you. We had a great time hosting you at OPSRC and an even better time spending the day with you at your school sites learning about the great work you do on a daily basis.
Full house today in our offices with teachers receiving training on NWEA.
Teaching tends to be a solitary endeavor. Sure, we deal with people everyday but the average teacher goes into a classroom and teaches on their own, seldom getting to see another teacher actually teach and receiving relatively little feedback.
The OPSRC tech team went to San Francisco this past week for the Google Next Conference, and it was not only a great time in cool San Francisco weather, but it was also a great learning opportunity for us. We picked up a lot of things that we’re eager to share with you.