Embezzlement investigation at Patrick Henry Charter

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond's first charter school is now the focus a criminal investigation.

After a controversial enrollment lottery, funding problems, and classes that have been at a temporary location since school started last August, the school is now under investigation — state police tell us one of its bureaus is investigating possible embezzlement.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the school's former treasurer tipped off police back in March.

That woman, Susan Martin, had concerns over the way the student activity fund was managed. She was worried about deposits made to the account opened by the school's principal, Pamela Boyd.

Martin said deposits were low compared to the invoice amounts paid to the vendor.

The board president had concerns back in January and brought it up to the superintendent for an audit. That didn't happen, but the school's internal auditor worked with the school and gave a report to management.

A second report is due this week.

A full audit of the school activity fund is scheduled for August.

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