Auditor says school district overpaid transportation vendors
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s elected financial watchdog says a school district near Wilkes-Barre overpaid transportation vendors, including for an invoice that claimed a van was used 52 days in a single month.
Democratic Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said Wednesday overpayments from Hanover Area School District included $260,000 to a bus company owned by the parents of a school board member.
DePasquale says a board member voted to approve payments to a relative.
He’s notifying the state ethics agency and prosecutors about his findings.
Auditors say over four years ending in June 2017, the Luzerne County district overpaid three special-education transportation vendors by $311,000.
The superintendent’s office didn’t return a phone message seeking comment.
DePasquale says the district replaced several administrators and hired a new busing contractor as a result of the matter.