El Tiempo interview with those being snooped on by former TPS manager Dan Burns

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El Tiempo Article Kevin Milliken

The former business manager at Toledo Public Schools hired a private investigation firm at taxpayer expense to look into the backgrounds of five people who were private citizens at the time, including three people who would eventually be elected to the TPS board of education.

According to a special state audit into the financial activities of then-business manager Dan Burns between 2001 and 2008, the former TPS administrator spent $1,571 of public money to hire Corporate Intelligence Consultants of Perrysburg to perform background investigations of the five private citizens.

TPS used the Perrysburg private investigation firm to investigate workers' compensation claims and other routine matters. But the state audit called the background investigations of the five private citizens “services that were not for District purposes.”

The state audit issued a finding for recovery for the money to be returned to the TPS general fund, but Burns won't have to repay the taxpayer funds. His bonding company, Cincinnati Insurance Company, is on the hook instead.

Audit-related documents released by the Ohio auditor's office show that the individuals are Robert Torres, Steve Steel, and Darlene Fisher, who eventually became TPS school board members, as well as Dr. Francis Dumbaya and Steven Flagg, who have ties to the Urban Coalition, a watchdog group that has openly questioned TPS operations and policies for years.

Torres, who was elected to the school board in 2005, would neither confirm nor deny he was the target of such an investigation and declined any comment “at this time.” Torres resigned his school board seat in 2008 when he moved to Canton, Ohio, to become that city's economic development director.

Full story to be published late this evening. I removed part of it at the request of the author.

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WOW! Why hasn't the Blade picked up this story? This type of behavior is what makes people afraid to speak and exert their rights as citizens of Toledo. To be allowed to get away with this, is tantamount to being complicit. The Blade should have been on this story like white on rice.

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