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WASTE WATCH: Former Superintendent Misspent $92,000 on Lavish Trips

Updated: Wednesday, August 27 2014, 07:05 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS (Brooks Jarosz) -- A former school superintendent is accused of taking lavish trips and spending money at high-end hotels, restaurants and bars to the tune of nearly $100,000 over a five-year period.

Bart Anderson worked at the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio and with the swipe of the ESC credit card, racked up nearly a half million dollars, according to a special state audit released Wednesday.

The ESC is a place aimed at helping students gain career and advanced course credit. However, Auditor of State Dave Yost says Anderson was helping himself, spending $92,000 in public money on hotels, meals and booze.

"I have never seen anything this breathtaking in scope by a single person," Auditor Dave Yost said. "This is a gag-inducing level of abuse of public money."

Anderson stayed in expensive hotels like the Waldorf Astoria in New York, the Ritz Carolton in Sarasota, and the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs. The audit says in total, 112 trips were never approved by the board.

In some cases he stayed extra days in Beijing, Thailand and Las Vegas. He also spent $13,000 on alcohol.

"These are the resources that should have been going to the kids," Yost said. "Instead, they were going to fund a lifestyle."

Anderson resigned in 2013 after an initial audit found an abuse of credit card reward points. He did pay some money back, according to Auditor Yost.

Since the initial audit, bogus receipts and missing financial documents were found. Now, information in the special audit is headed to the prosecutor's office and the state ethic's commission.

The Educational Service Center has made some changes. Travel must be approved by the board, credit cards are not issued, and access to the financial records room is limited to four employees with keys.

A special board meeting is planned for Thursday to discuss the next steps the board should take.

Auditor Yost is calling for Anderson to repay all of the money used for personal vacations.

We were not able to get in touch with Anderson on Wednesday.WASTE WATCH: Former Superintendent Misspent $92,000 on Lavish Trips
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