The audit of Woodson Institute singled out $168,772 in allegedly mishandled public funds in that school’s waning months. The school, which went by the name Arise Sports Management Academy until December 2009, switched treasurers from Shye to Dudley in August 2009.
“Looks like we went from one lousy treasurer to another,” Auditor of State Dave Yost said in a statement Tuesday. “And it’s the taxpayers who suffer.”
Tuesday’s audit questions more than $10,000 paid to Dudley’s consulting firm by him as treasurer without documentation — which auditors referred to the Ohio Ethics Commission for potential conflict of interest — and another $13,400 it says Dudley was overpaid.
The audit says more than $16,000 was paid to Shye for unclear purposes.
As treasurers, the two are liable for other allegedly improper expenditures. This includes $79,892 that auditors say were overpaid to staff — including $3,500 bonus checks issued two weeks before the school shut its doors — and $31,383 in undocumented withdrawals by school CEO Shane Floyd as well as improper payments to board members. Auditors found the records generally lacking, making a full accounting of school finances impossible.
Floyd, now a pastor in Cleveland, said he has no knowledge of the accusations against the treasurers or overpayments to staff, but that the withdrawals he was named in were needed payments to vendors.