State officials discuss checks and balances in place to prevent embezzlement in schools

OKLAHOMA CITY – In recent weeks, several school districts across the state have been rocked by embezzlement scandals.

This week, McAlester Public Schools Superintendent Marsha Gore pleaded no contest to embezzlement. The amount of money she took was less than $100 but she was fired for violating policies for credit card usage and personal spending.

Also, a state audit found falsified time sheets and a maintenance employee who made more than double his contracted salary at Crooked Oaks Public School District.

Now, a lot of people are wondering how cases of embezzlement happen if school districts are required to undergo an annual audit.

State auditor Gary Jones says Oklahoma’s checks and balances are not as strong as other states.