Auditor says Ohio charter school misspent $578,000

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CLEVELAND (AP) -- Ohio Auditor Dave Yost says the operators of a Cleveland charter school that closed in 2010 misspent about $578,000 that should be repaid to the state.

The Plain Dealer reports (http://bit.ly/GIQtaj) the state audit released Thursday alleges Greater Achievement Community School Superintendent Elijah Scott deposited at least $46,000 in public money into a personal bank account from 2003 to 2010.

It also says about $126,000 was spent on OnStar service, dry cleaning, videos, lodging and other questioned items and that Scott authorized $187 for alcohol with meals.

Investigators could find no documentation of the purpose of about $229,000 in additional withdrawals.

Findings have been forwarded to the Cuyahoga County prosecutor.

A message seeking comment from Scott was left before business hours Friday at the charter school he currently heads.

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Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com