Charges allege $1.8M theft at Ohio charter school

CLEVELAND (AP) — The leaders of a Cleveland charter school are among 10 people accused in a $1.8 million theft from the school.

An indictment filed in Cleveland on Tuesday says the charter school made payments to shell companies owned or affiliated with five school officials or board members.

The Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County prosecutor's office says the chief executive of the Cleveland Academy of Scholarship Technology and Leadership Enterprise was among those indicted.

The prosecutor's office says an investigation by the Ohio Auditor's office found that payments totaling $1.8 million were made to companies owned or affiliated with the board members but weren't backed by documentation.

Investigators say the payments began when the school opened in 2004 and continued for six years.

The school couldn't be reached for comment after business hours Tuesday.

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