Letter from Catherine Capati

I attended my first Santa Clara School Board meeting last night. The attitude many board members and school employees took regarding the recently uncovered fraud was disturbing. They suggested that what the employees named in the audit did was ok and an accounting error and let’s just institute new accounting procedures.

What those employees did constitute “fraud” and “illegal acts,” as clearly spelled out by Michael Ammermon, the CPA and Certified Fraud Examiner who conducted the audit. My understanding from last night’s board meeting is that the board has fifteen days to conduct its own investigation.

I hope the board will do the right thing and not obfuscate the obvious. These people should be fired. The District Attorney’s Office should conduct a criminal investigation.