State audit shows former school official stole from TPS
Investigation reveals $660,000 swindle
released Thursday indicates that former Toledo Public
Schools Business Manager Daniel Burns stole $660,000 from
TPS between 2001 and 2007.
The audit performed by the office of Ohio Auditor Mary
Taylor was released, showing that Burns paid for purchases
of goods and services which were never delivered.
Burns worked for Toledo Public Schools for 30 years, before
leaving in December, 2008 to take the same business manager
position with the Cleveland Public School District. Burns
was indicted last year for allegedly pulling the same scam
there, costing the Cleveland Schools about $180,000.
The audit found that Burns would order copiers and printing
supplies from Toledo-based Superior Offset Supplies. The
purchases would also include service contracts. The bills
were paid by Toledo Public Schools, but the supplies and
services were never delivered. Investigators allege Burns
and his co-conspirators shared the ill-gotten gains.
Toledo Public Schools Superintendent John Foley told TIN
Thursday that the system's employees are bonded, and that
TPS expects to get most, if not all of the money returned.
He added that the funds were stolen from the Capital
Improvements budget. So while the theft did not affect
payroll or operations, it did make less money available for
purchases of fixtures and equipment for schools.
The Lucas County Prosecutor's office is still investigating
Burns' activities while he was employed by the Toledo Public
Schools, and is not saying if or when they will seek a
criminal indictment here.