Records: FBI has also been looking into Epic, along with federal education investigators
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Department of Education’s law enforcement arm have also been probing Epic Charter Schools’ student enrollment practices and finances, public records obtained by the Tulsa World show.
Emails with officials at the Oklahoma State Department of Education and Statewide Virtual Charter School Board reveal that federal investigators were at work behind the scenes in the years after the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation’s initial inquiry into allegations of fraud at Epic resulted in no charges.
It is unknown whether there has been any coordination between state and federal investigators, who have all declined comment, but Epic’s most recent revenue reports show the financial stakes of any fraudulent practices would be much higher for the state of Oklahoma than the federal government.
OSBI’s latest investigation involves allegations of embezzlement, obtaining money by false pretenses and racketeering at the state’s fastest-growing online school system.
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