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Oklahoma governor requests audit of Epic Charter Schools

July 19, 2019
FILE - In this May 16, 2019 file photo, Joy Hofmeister, Oklahoma's State Superintendent of Public Instruction, speaks during a news conference accompanied by Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt, left, in Oklahoma City. Stitt and Hofmeister are calling for an investigative audit of Epic Charter Schools after state investigators revealed an embezzlement probe involving the school's co-founders. The two Republicans issued a joint statement on Friday, July 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki File)
FILE - In this May 16, 2019 file photo, Joy Hofmeister, Oklahoma's State Superintendent of Public Instruction, speaks during a news conference accompanied by Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt, left, in Oklahoma City. Stitt and Hofmeister are calling for an investigative audit of Epic Charter Schools after state investigators revealed an embezzlement probe involving the school's co-founders. The two Republicans issued a joint statement on Friday, July 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki File)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt and State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister are calling for an investigative audit of Epic Charter Schools.

That’s after state investigators revealed an embezzlement probe involving the school’s co-founders.

The two Republicans issued the joint statement Friday, and Stitt formally requested an audit by State Auditor and Inspector Cindy Byrd. Stitt asked that the audit include the school and ‘all related entities,’ along with a three-year look back on previous audits.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation alleged in a court affidavit this week that Epic co-founders David Chaney and Ben Harris embezzled millions in state funds by inflating student enrollment numbers.

The investigation is ongoing, and no formal charges have been filed. The two men have denied wrongdoing.

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