US accountant in court over embezzling school funds

An accountant working for the Oregon Department of Education is facing
charges of embezzling almost $1m intended for charter schools, anti-drug and
health programs.

Brent Crosson, the accountant, was fired from his position of departmental
director of accounting last year, after his activities in diverting $925,000 to
an online guns and ammunition dealer that he controlled.

Court papers also reveal that federal investigators had recovered $750,000
and are expected to recover the balance.

Crosson’s case followed that of the former food services manager of the same
state’s Department of Corrections, Fred Monem, who was charged with money
laundering, bribery, fraud and conspiracy.

The cases of both Monem and Crosson have raised issues around the
vulnerability of accounting processes at Oregon’s agencies.

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