Superintendent Anthony Hamlet “Regarding” Investigation Results – CBS Pittsburgh
By: KDKA-TV News Team
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Pittsburgh Board of Public Education has said the results of the Pennsylvania Ethics Commission investigation of Superintendent Dr. Anthony Hamlet are “concerning” and a “distraction.” as the district begins a new school year already plagued by transportation issues and a delayed start date.
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The board says it takes the report’s findings “very seriously” and is now working with the district attorney to resolve the issues.
“In the coming weeks, we will review all appropriate action to be taken, including addressing any internal control issues and other issues raised in the report,” a statement released Friday said.
Last week, the Pennsylvania Ethics Commission released the results of a two-year investigation into the superintendent. The commission found that Hamlet had committed ethics violations with spending and free time for travel.
At a press conference, the superintendent said the report justified it.
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Despite being cited for multiple ethics violations and ordered to pay back thousands of dollars, Dr Anthony Hamlet endorsed the commission’s findings, saying they cleared him. According to the 147-page report, the commission cited Hamlet for the following ethical violations:
- Kept over $ 6,000 in honoraria paid to him on various trips
- Received and retained thousands of dollars in reimbursement for travel expenses from conference hosts already paid by the school district
- Marked time spent out of state and out of country for personal business as work days instead of properly using vacation days
- Received thousands from the district for “unused” vacation days which he should have marked as used
READ: The full report of the Pennsylvania Ethics Commission
In accepting the findings, Hamlet and his attorney conceded that the superintendent had been negligent in these matters and wanted it to be clear that he had not intentionally defrauded the district.
Pennsylvania Ethics Commission executive director Robert Caruso said Hamlet’s actions were not the result of botched accounting. He says they showed a tendency to pocket money that was not his, such as accepting travel reimbursements from conference hosts when the district had already paid.
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According to the report, Dr. Hamlet accepted the findings and agreed to pay $ 7,900 in reimbursements and fees to the school district and the Pittsburgh Promise. He is also required to return 14 vacation days, which total more than $ 12,000.