COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Nine education officials in Ohio failed to properly disclose trips to locations including Washington, D.C., San Diego and Orlando and other expenses on financial disclosure reports since 2009.
The omissions were identified as part of an internal review by the Ohio Department of Education, launched after then-State Superintendent Stan Heffner was targeted in a state watchdog probe.
The flaws were detailed in letters obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request.
Among individuals involved were Michael Sawyers, acting state superintendent, and John Stanford, chief education adviser to former Gov. Ted Strickland.
Recipients interviewed described the errors as clerical.
Inspector General Randall Meyer's investigation found Heffner used his state staff, email and cellphone to land a new testing-firm job and buy a house in Texas. He wasn't prosecuted.