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Sun Jan 5, 2014, 09:30 AM

Charter school con man admits to $7.2 million fraud

A Los Angeles man who stole $7.2 million worth of computers from the government by creating fake charter schools has pleaded guilty.

Charged in June, Steven A. Bolden concocted a series of fake charter schools in a long-running scheme brought down following a federal Inspector General’s Office investigation.

Bolden abused a federal program meant to get surplus computer equipment to educational non-profits. The General Services Administration program – Computers for Learning – provides computers to public schools as well as private organizations.

According to prosecutors, Bolden, 50, began stealing computer equipment through the government program in June 2007 and ultimately made off with 19,442 items with an original purchase cost of $30.3 million. To do so, Bolden concocted more than a dozen education-oriented non-profits. The seemingly unaffiliated organization shared one link – Bolden.

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http://www.seattlepi.com/local/article/Charter-school-con-man-admits-to-7-2-million-5112206.php

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n2doc Jan 2014 OP
merrily Jan 2014 #1
loudsue Jan 2014 #2
warrant46 Jan 2014 #6
on point Jan 2014 #3
bvar22 Jan 2014 #4
loudsue Jan 2014 #7
Enthusiast Jan 2014 #5

Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sun Jan 5, 2014, 10:12 AM

1. All I have to say is, Hooray for public schools.

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Sun Jan 5, 2014, 11:15 AM

2. Ain't privatization grand?

NOT.

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Response to loudsue (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 9, 2014, 08:57 AM

6. Thugs and Criminals move in

Since this is nonviolent he will probably get probation.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sun Jan 5, 2014, 12:22 PM

3. These charter schools are so full of waste fraud and abuse shut them down!

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sun Jan 5, 2014, 01:40 PM

4. "Charter Schools" are just another SCAM to divert Public Money to Private Pockets.

I have no problem with Charter Schools,
as long as they don't receive a single penny of Public Money.

WE already have a Public School System.
If it is broken,
it is OUR RESPONSIBILITY to FIX IT,
not steal the funding and give it to our connected friends.

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Response to bvar22 (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 9, 2014, 08:59 AM

7. Very well put. n/t

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Mon Jan 6, 2014, 08:08 AM

5. Arne Duncan has got to go!

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