Fraud charges may rise from Montebello audit
Fraud charges may rise from Montebello audit
Independent auditors recommend that the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office investigate the Montebello Unified School District for fraud. This is the second time the issue has arisen from the school district.

The MUSD faces increasing pressure to account for bond funds originally designated for construction projects in the school district. Voters passed the bond request in 2016. Auditors have focused on one contractor that no longer provides services to the district.

The report detailed numerous instances where the contractor initially provided one price for services, but later switched services. In many cases, the contractor provided no services, but collected about 4% of the bond money for “project management.”

The district has 28 buildings and planned to use the bond money to repair and upgrade its facilities. According to auditors, the district was a rich target for fraud, and said employees had no idea how to account for the bond money. The district had contracted with the provider in 2005, but canceled the first contract for poor performance.

According to investigators, many of the district’s facilities personnel questioned the district’s choice of that particular contractor in 2016. They say that the company billed nearly $100,000 every month, regardless of the services it performed. The company provided little to no documentation to support invoices. District personnel also say district lawyers never reviewed the company’s contract. The Securities and Exchange Commission is also investigating the district’s bond program.

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