The son of a man accused of withdrawing money from a charter school’s accounts defended his father Wednesday.
Ed Dudley Sr., who owned Arise Academy in Dayton, was accused of mishandling nearly $170,000 for unauthorized bonus checks and payments to his own business, Watchdog 10’s Paul Aker reported.
Dudley Sr. allegedly withdrew $18,000 for unauthorized bonus checks for school employees, $31,000 for the school’s chief financial officer and $11,000 for his own business.
Dudley’s son said that the allegations were not true.
“My dad has been the type of person who does not steal. My dad, he doesn’t like. He doesn’t cheat. He makes sure he pays the tithes at church. Ha makes sure he takes care of his kids. He makes sure he’s a good person,” Ed Dudley Jr. said.
Dudley Sr. sent Watchdog 10 a statement on Wednesday afternoon and said that the state auditor was wrong in his report.
Dudley Sr. said that all the allegedly questionable transactions were forced by the school board.
He said that he plans to appeal the auditor’s findings.
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