CHICAGO -- Chicago Public Schools is out more than $800,000, allegedly the victim of a fraudulent billing scheme.
The scam was run through two schools; now, a handful of people are going before a judge tomorrow.
It’s a paper intensive crime filled with court records and arrest warrants, and it ends with felony theft of government property and a trip before a Cook County judge.
All was quiet outside Gage Park High School on the Southwest Side and Michele Clark High School on the West Side, two schools fallen prey, robbed of hundreds of thousands of dollars over a five-year period.
The culprits, according to the Chicago Tribune, were as many as seven CPS employees, eight business owners and 13 vendors.
The paper claims they pulled off the crime by fraudulently billing the district for goods and services, involving fake invoices to cover for missing paperwork. Hefty kickbacks were also a part of the scheme.
The investigation was a joint one between the Chicago Public Schools inspector general and the Cook County state's attorney’s office. Several of the employees allegedly involved have already resigned or been fired.
The state’s attorney and CPS are not commenting Wednesday. There will be more to learn after the bond hearing Thursday.