Report hits CPS over fraud

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A new report found fraud in the lunch program at Chicago Public Schools.

That comes from a report from the Office of the Inspector General for CPS.

It found that school district employees, including principals, were encouraged to lie on applications for free and reduced-price lunches.

The report also criticized the district for not providing more oversight of vendors.

CPS has banned the staff members, who are in charge of procurement, from accepting gifts from vendors seeking contracts.

But other district officials, including board members, do not face those restrictions.

CPS has also not followed up on earlier recommendations that said an independent monitor should be hired to oversee contracts to make sure that district employees were not improperly influenced.

“These cases are extremely important becasue we’re dealing with some of CPS’ largest vendors and its highest ranking employees,” Inspector General James Sullivan told the Chicago Tribune.Sullivan’s report covered investigations from July 2011 to June 30, 2012.His office received more than 1,600 complaints.That’s a 15 percent increase from fiscal year 2011.

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