Enough is enough already. This guy has been walking around since the 1990s with fraud and abuse of taxpayer funds in his rearview mirror as he walks around like he is the Al Capone of Delaware. If the Delaware Attorney General’s office won’t act, the people will force them to!
Please sign the Change.org petition at the below link. I was really hoping Attorney General Matt Denn would take significant action against Patrick Miller but he failed, plain and simple. Now it is incumbent on incoming Attorney General Kathleen Jennings to reopen the investigations into Patrick Miller, not only at the Indian River School District but also the Indian River Volunteer Fire Company.
Change.org Petition: The People Demand A Full Investigation Into Patrick Miller!
A citizen in the 9th State Representative district caught Monique Johns or someone from her campaign stealing a Kevin Hensley flyer from their door. This is a very bad optic for the Democrat opponent of incumbent Republican Kevin Hensley.
The citizen has video cameras on their porch. In the first video, from today, it clearly shows Hensley inserting a flyer into the door. In the second video, also from today but later in the day based on shadows and the sun moving to a different position, an African-American woman wearing a red jacket and a white baseball cap comes to the door. She takes the Hensley flyer from the door. She looks on a list of some sort and then puts her own flyer in the door. I have never met Johns so I can’t tell if it is her or not. The shadows make it difficult to find out.
The citizen wrote this as a forward to the two videos and picture of the Johns flyer:
Nice Sunday for our local candidates to make house calls. In the first video is Kevin Hensley dropping by the house and putting his flyer in the door. A little later in the afternoon we got a second visitor. Monique Johns who in the video clearly steals Kevin’s pamphlet out of our door and replaces it with her own. Enjoy
The explosive Facebook video can be found here. It has been viewed on Facebook over 4,300 times today and I have no doubt it will continue to rise. Johns lost against Hensley in 2016. After this, I can’t imagine any citizen wanting to vote for her. Some may say it was an honest mistake but it looks pretty damn blatant to me! What say you Delaware Election Commissioner Elaine Manlove?
Last night, I sent an email to Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn about the ongoing problem in Delaware concerning fraud and theft of taxpayer funds in Delaware from various state agencies and organizations dependent on state funding. Today, Sonia Augusthy, the head of the Civil Rights and Public Trust division sent me an email regarding my concerns. She sent me a list of what that division has done since they were created in 2015. I was shocked at the amount of names but since I primarily write about education, it is sad to see how rampant fraud and theft is across the state. I was not away Shanna Simmens from Providence Creek Academy had been indicted and is awaiting prosecution. This is the email sent to me from Sonia Augusthy: Continue reading Delaware DOJ Fraud/Theft Prosecutions Since 2015
I just called Jonathan Starkey, Governor Carney’s Communications Director. I asked him flat-out what Governor Carney is doing about the Susan Bunting situation. I received silence. I then advised Starkey we are now seeing 105.9 articles being removed from Google searches and my Facebook post being reported as spam last week. His official response: “No comment.”
I let Starkey know there would be more coming out and this is just making the Governor look worse. He thanked me for my call.
Seriously? Carney better get his head out of the sand and act on this. We have a sitting Secretary of Education, at a Cabinet level position, with allegations of knowing about widespread financial theft and parent complaints about extremely egregious behavior from Patrick Miller, and Starkey gives me a “no comment”?
I thought about the Facebook spamming and the 105.9 article disappearing from Google. The fact that it is disappearing shows they do not want it out there. It isn’t a case of it being untrue and they know it. They are actively trying to suppress the information and preventing people from seeing it. In the grand scheme of things, a Delaware Secretary of Education knowing about this stuff isn’t earth-shattering news for America.
This is my hunch: Bunting is just the tip of the iceberg. It was just last Friday the Delaware Dept. of Justice sentenced a former DOE employee to probation for stealing grant money. Patrick Miller was doing the same thing. How rampant is this? How many education dollars have been stolen over the years? I believe this is what they don’t want us doing. They don’t want us knowing they have been powerless to stop it so they ignore it and pray it goes away. The people of Delaware aren’t idiots. As I told Starkey, I’m not giving up on this.
If you have ANY information about foul play with Delaware education funds, anywhere, be it a district, charter school, or the DOE, anything, let me know. I promise confidentiality. But it is time for the shattered puzzle pieces to come together so we have a clear picture. As taxpaying citizens, we need to know what is going on. Enough is enough. No more. If they want a war, they just got one.
In yet another pathetic sentencing, a Delaware state employee got off very easy for stealing in what should have been a harsher sentence. When did our Delaware Department of Justice get so soft? Continue reading Delaware DOE Employee Gets Off Easy On Theft Of Education Funds
Finally! I’ve been waiting for this news for a long time. The News Journal reported earlier today that the former Family Foundations Academy Head of School was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for embezzlement.
According to the article, Moore had a bizarre confession to the court:
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Moore claimed “he was suffering from a ‘severe level of sexual addiction and shopping addiction.'”
Alrighty then! Finally this shameful chapter in Delaware public education can come to a close. I highly doubt the school will ever see the return of these funds, but justice has finally been served for this man.
It was three years ago that Kilroy’s Delaware and this blog began to look into the crazy happenings at this school. I spent hours going over their expenses and knew right away something was way off. So did the Delaware Auditor of Accounts office and the Delaware Dept. of Education. It nearly shut the New Castle charter school down. Because Moore used federal funds in his embezzlement, he was brought up on federal charges. The other Head of School, Dr. Tennell Brewington, took state funds so her punishment was not as severe. Last year, Family Foundations Academy changed their name to Charter School of New Castle, perhaps in an attempt to get rid of this dark part of their history.
It seems random events are not so random at Providence Creek Academy, the charter school in Clayton, DE. It now appears that the audit investigation into suspected fraud by a former employee was missing a lot of information. Two other employees were also taking funds meant for students for their own personal use. Head of School Charles “Chuck” Taylor covered it all up. Continue reading The Hidden Secrets Behind Providence Creek Academy’s Bomb Threat & Audit Investigation
Something is afoot at Dickinson High School in the Red Clay Consolidated School District. Last week, a message went out to parents that Physical Education teacher Andrew Schuster was arrested and charged with theft of electronics. From what I’m hearing from some Red Clay parents, who wish to remain anonymous for obvious reasons, there was a Delawareonline article on this that disappeared. But that article is gone, as well as several Facebook articles about it. Good luck trying to get me to retract this!
And, sad to say, this won’t be the last educator arrest post I put up in the coming days. Another arrest went down last night but until further details about that one come out officially, I am staying mum for now. I’ve seen many Facebook posts explode lately when people slam teachers for this kind of stuff. Nothing should get buried when it comes to someone who is overseeing students.
I have to wonder how much pull a school district has that can make newspaper articles disappear as well as Facebook posts.
It’s about time! After almost two years of waiting for Sean Moore to get charged with something, information comes out that he is being charged by the feds for theft. This very quick blurb in the News Journal states Moore has three federal counts against him. As most folks in Delaware know, Moore, along with his co-charter leader/co-conspirator Dr. Tennell Brewington, both formerly with Family Foundations Academy in New Castle, DE, got busted after a forensic audit showed they spent over $150,000 in school funds for personal use. They were terminated and the school could have closed if a nearby charter school didn’t essentially take them over.
I was curious why Moore was charged by the feds and not Brewington. Either they haven’t announced anything for her yet or her theft of taxpayer money for personal use didn’t involve anything with federal dollars.
Now we just have to wait for the other former charter thieves, Noel Rodriguez of Academy of Dover and Shanna Simmens of Providence Creek Academy, to get their charges. Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn hinted to me almost a year ago that “other parties” were looking at these situations. As I waited and waited, with nothing coming out, I took it upon myself to contact the FBI about this earlier in the spring. I imagine Denn’s hands were tied once the feds became involved and he obviously couldn’t say anything concrete about it. I’m glad he was on the up and up about it though.
This is the only information I could find on these charges, but it looks like the Associated Press picked up on it because the same story appears in the Washington Post and many other media outlets. There is an important lesson here: don’t steal from kids. This is what happens when you get caught! As more information on this becomes available I will certainly give updates. I can’t find the actual court filing yet, but once information becomes available, you will know!
Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn announced seven arrests and indictments stemming from misuse of funds at the Department of Health and Social Services. Meanwhile, several charter leaders and employees still haven’t been arrested for crimes involving school funds. This has gone on way too long! I’m not buying any more excuses on this. We’ve all seen the audits. We’ve seen the articles. Why aren’t these charter leaders being charged for their crimes Matt Denn? Who is protecting them?
In the article covering the arrests, Denn is quoted as saying:
This case is part of an intensified focus our office is trying to bring to fraud being committed against the state’s public benefit programs.
So public benefits demands an accounting, but school funds are okay? In the case of Noel Rodriguez from Academy of Dover, which was the first of the charter audits coming out of Delaware State Auditor Tom Wagner’s office last year, nothing has happened. Where is his arrest? And Sean Moore and Tennell Brewington from Family Foundations Academy? And the lady from Providence Creek? And what about Sally Maldonado and the maintenance guy at Kuumba Academy? And the board president at Delaware College Prep? And what about what will come out from any future audits coming from the Auditor of Accounts? I like Matt Denn, but it is beginning to look like a bit of a cover-up in terms of not charging these school “leaders”. In terms of Maldonado, why is she allowed to serve on state committees and task forces concerning crucial education decisions but she gets no accountability for what amounts to a raise she gave herself with no board approval?
One of the individuals charged with this theft of funds from DHSS was Kamilah Laws, who was also a contractor with the Delaware Charter School Office at the Delaware Department of Education. She was contracted with the DOE during the formal review process for the Delaware Met, which was ordered to shut down in mid-January of this year. Isn’t that interesting? (this corrects an error I previously made in stating that Ms. Laws was on the board at Delaware Met. She was not)
Theft is theft Matt Denn. So I am openly and publicly challenging you to answer these questions: when will the charter leaders and employees who stole money from kids (cause that’s what it comes down to) be held accountable? Will they? Is there any reason why they wouldn’t? Is Delaware law upheld only with certain state agencies?
I’ve had a few of my campaign signs disappear, but I expected that. I know one was removed from Del-Dot, along with one of my opponents because you aren’t allowed to put them at this location. Not sure why, but the big wooden sign for the Dover Days festival is there too. One met a tragic end from what I assume was a riding lawn mower. But I digress.
Liz Paige, a candidate (and incumbent) for the Christina School Board, had ALL of her signs stolen that she put at the polling stations for the election tomorrow. In Christina, candidates are allowed to put their signs up at the schools that are the polling places ahead of time. In Capital you can only do so the day of the election. Paige put hers up weeks ago. Ironically, Desiree Brady, Paige’s opponent, still has her signs up. Paige confirmed the signs disappeared this weekend. What the idiot who did this may not realize is many of the schools DO have cameras. So good luck with that one sign thief. Today, signs were found in a dumpster. And they could very well have fingerprints on them.
Stealing campaign signs is ILLEGAL folks. Even for a school board election. If someone is stupid enough to steal school board campaign signs, I would suggest some therapy. Paige’s sign is below. If you see them hanging out anywhere in the Christina area, call the cops and let them know. I endorsed Paige a couple months ago, but since she has to deal with this idiocy, I’m going to endorse her again! Have I ever double endorsed anyone?
But as if what happened to her signs weren’t bad enough, apparently a teacher in the district actually got caught handing out campaign flyers for Desiree Brady to other teachers… during school hours. The teacher was at work on Friday, went to the Principal’s office, and wasn’t there today. For the love of God, just let people run for the school board. It’s not like it’s Donald Trump! It’s a school board. While immensely important to folks who live in the area, is it really worth your job or your criminal record to do stupid stuff?
The most important thing all citizens in Delaware can do tomorrow in districts where there is a contest is get out and vote. For Christina residents, I would vote for Paige. For Capital residents, what can I say? Vote for Kevin Ohlandt. I heard he has a lot of ideas! 🙂