Monday, August 08, 2005

SCHOOL AUDITORS & INVESTIGATORS SPEAK OUT ON LACK OF BIG DOLLAR PROSECUTIONS


Los Angeles, CA. School auditors and investigators describe their disappointment over the failure of prosecutors to file charges for the big dollar crimes that were documented by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Office of Inspector General. In a nine minute video blog featured on Full Disclosure Network™ website starting Monday, August 8, 2005 the investigators describe some of the most egregious investigations undertaken by the Inspector General’s office.

Former Inspector General Don Mullinax responded to Full Disclosure™ when asked what he thought about the fact there were no prosecutions resulting from his extensive reports of waste, fraud and abuse on the still incomplete $330 million Belmont Learning Center. Mullinax said he was disappointed "after having spent almost three years of my life working on that report, other reports and on the District Attorney’s Belmont Task Force on Belmont."

Anthony Patchett who headed the D.A.'s investigation on Belmont said "Don Mullinax did an outstanding job. He found a lot of fraud and corruption. It’s just the fact that when he took those cases to the District Attorney’s office, they chose not to go forward with them. They’ll go ahead and they’ll prosecute the small crimes under $15,000, but for the other crimes that Mr. Mullinax has found, they still have that blind eye towards that".

According to Interim Inspector General Jerry Thornton some of the problems have been resolved but investigations are ongoing. “If you are looking at lower level employees, if you’re looking at people that manage cafeterias and people that do the grounds work, we could do this for the next 15 years and nobody would ever say anything to us. But when you elevate your investigations up to the hierarchy of an organization like this, you’re always going to meet resistance. Everybody’s for accountability until you hold them accountable”, he said.

Investigator Karen Sexton told Full Disclosure™ about the investigation of the adult schools whose contractor and other unnamed individuals were never prosecuted when the Inspector General's investigation found classes that didn't exist, ghost students and people working double assignements. She said the only outcome of the investigation was "they no longer work for the District and the contract was not renewed."

Bob Williams, promoted to Acting Deputy Inspector General following the departure of Don Mullinax, told Full Disclosure™ the BB Bond investigation resulted in auditors finding $600 million that was spent on different things (click here to see PAGE 4 of the BB Bond follow-up report) that went to the actual contractors as opposed to the projects. When asked what the outcome of BB Bond investigation was, the supervising investigator told Full Disclosure™ “the outcome basically, was nothing.”

The Full Disclosure Network™ has been producing a series of video blogs for the Internet using video clips from television interviews and events featuring prominent leaders who involved in the school construction, planning, development and investigations of the L. A. Unified School District and Belmont Learning Center. The video blogs and television programs are featured on 40 cable television systems and video streamed over the Internet from www.fulldisclosure.net . In 2002 the Full Disclosure™ program was presented with a local public affairs Emmy from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

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