What Ever Happened With Patrick Miller, Former Chief Financial Officer of Indian River?

In December of 2016, days before a crucial referendum, Delaware State Auditor Tom Wagner released a scathing audit inspection of the Indian River School District.  The number one culprit of shenanigans in the district was their former Chief Financial Officer, Patrick Miller.  What is Miller up to these days?

I thought I would do a cursory glance to see where Miller is planting his shoes these days.  No charges were ever filed against Miller.  It turns out he may have escaped the long arm of justice again.  When he came to Indian River, he had just finished a stint in the Brandywine School District where it was alleged he (wait for it) misappropriated school finances.

Miller “resigned” from Indian River in March of 2016.  Along with that “resignation”, he was allowed to collect a pension from the State of Delaware for his years of service to the state.  He now spends his time, like he has for the past 15 or so years, at the Indian River Volunteer Fire Department where he currently serves as their President.  It was that role that led to the Indian River Board of Education asking for a reimbursement from the ATV the fire department sold the district for a profit and an overhead projector Miller purchased for the fire department with school funds.  That was request was for almost $5000.00.

The State of Delaware seems to have no issue with Miller’s history with abusing taxpayer funds because he is listed as the Procurement Contact for the Indian River Volunteer Fire Department on a State of Delaware list of over 350 such contacts for the state.  And even given his controversial history, the United States Post Office still saw fit to grant Miller employment!

Similar education fund bandits, such as Noel Rodriguez from Academy of Dover and Sean Moore from Family Foundations Academy, eventually found themselves in Federal court for their theft and abuse of federal education funds.  They were both sentenced to prison.  Will Miller see a similar fate?

According to an article in Coastal Point in February of 2017, Indian River could have sued Miller in a civil suit.  But they are waiting for action from the Delaware Attorney General’s office.  That was almost a year and a half ago.  The article also explained how the Indian River Board of Education was not able to touch Miller’s pension based on Delaware state code.

It is one thing to mess with funds at a charter school with less than 1,000 students.  But Indian River School District has over 10,000 students.  Miller’s shenanigans brought the district to its knees in the Fall of 2016.  And there he is, walking free as a bird.  For the citizens of Delaware, we await justice.


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Kevin Ohlandt

I am a proud parent of a son with Tourette's Syndrome and several other co-morbidities. I write on this blog to educate other parents so they know a bit more about not only special education, but all the really bad things that are happening with public schools in Delaware and the USA. We are all in this together, and if our children aren't able to advocate for themselves it's up to us parents! We need to stop letting companies run our schools, and demand our children get a proper education. Our Departments of Education in our states have become weak with fear from the bullying US DOE, and we need to take back our schools!

3 thoughts on “What Ever Happened With Patrick Miller, Former Chief Financial Officer of Indian River?”

  1. Miller is STILL the president of the Indian River Fire Company-unbelievable! The fire company’s members have re-elected him the last 2years in a row. The auditors have failed to investigate fire company shenanigans. Where have they been ? Why not launch an investigation?

    Just a question- did I miss an article on AJ Lathbury, Curt Bunting and Ed Seibert? All were permitted to retire because of the lack of legislation. Curt has started a job as the AP at Stephen Decateur High School. Was any reference check done? I think not. Where is the outrage on this?

    What about the latest on Bob Fulton? At last Thursday’s Board of Education ameeting, the mother of a graduate asked for his resignation for an alleged issue with a staff member and this lady’s daughter. Are you planning on investigating that?

    What about the legislature who has not passed any legislation that would address the pensions?


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  2. It’s a matter of very little consequence to the overall theme of the post; however, the district is likely waiting to consider civil litigation until there is an official outcome from the AG’s office. Why? Because criminal trials and investigations unearth discovery material that will prove useful in a civil case, even if there is never a criminal case. It’s considered a more efficient practice for civil trials to follow criminal investigations. The evidence in one can be used in the other. But, why give your civil attorneys more billable hours when the state is basically doing the discovery for you? Also, the burden of evidence is different in each case. If Miller was arrested and his case went to criminal court, the burden is beyond a reasonable doubt. That’s a heavy burden. However, even if a defendant gets off in criminal court, the civil burden is much lower in civil cases – a preponderance of evidence. Essentially a feather tilting the scale ever so slightly in one direction or another. This why OJ, despite being found not guilty in the criminal court, was determined to be liable in civil court. And that’s our civics lesson for the day.


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