There have been several posts on this blog about the misuse of p-cards by District #150. Activist, Sharon Crews, who has led the charge, along with Terry Knapp, recently turned all documentation over to the Peoria County States Attorney. The documents were also reviewed by the Peoria Police Department, and were the subject of a joint meeting between police and Brady's office.
On Tuesday, it was reported by several different news outlets that Brady, in a letter dated August 27, 2014 to Crews and Knapp, exonerated the District of any wrong doing by stating "there doesn't appear to be anything criminal about Peoria District 150's use of P-Cards."
However, what Brady stated is while the "limited information" does not support criminal charges, "In order to further evaluate the propriety of use of P-Cards, all card users would need to be interviewed. If the school district proceeds to do so and this information discloses unauthorized use, further review by the Peoria Police Department could occur."Source
This is the spin that District 150 put on that edict...
District 150's Chief Legal Officer, Rick Rettberg, tells 1470 & 100.3 WMBD that's already been done [the interviews].
"It's a rigorous review process," says Rettberg. "I know it's a problem (Crews and Knapp) keep coming back to, but I don't see anything there."
Reacting to Brady saying the information does not support criminal charges, Rettberg says, "That letter was written by a lawyer and I'm a lawyer and I've read it. I think Mr. Brady and I are speaking the same language." Source
District 150 board members and its chief legal officer used terms ranging from “neutral” to “non-committal” to describe the contents of Brady’s letter. Board President Debbie Wolfmeyer said the review must not have raised any red flags because neither the Police Department or the state’s attorney’s office asked the district for more information. Source
Today, the Peoria County State's Attorney sought to correct District #150, "lawyer" Rettberg on his efforts to "speak the same language."
Peoria School District 150 board members may be satisfied with their review of employees’ use of purchasing cards, but Peoria County State’s Attorney Jerry Brady is not.
Brady said Tuesday he wants District 150 to review administrators’ expenditures on the cards, which are similar to company credit cards. “In the event the district chooses not to proceed, I’ve got to make some decisions about whether or not I choose to proceed.”
His response adds a little more clarification to the position he took in a letter, dated Aug. 27, to Sharon Crews and Terry Knapp, two retired teachers who, for months, have lobbied for an independent investigation of District 150 administrators’ use of the cards, known as p-cards.
Brady said, based on the limited information presented to him, there was no sufficient basis to determine if the spending in question was for District 150’s benefit or was unauthorized spending.
“That’s consistent throughout the records,” Brady said.
Whether or not spending was authorized is significant in determining criminal conduct, Brady wrote in the letter. Source
Sounds like the Board needs to get busy and order an audit of Administration. To be continued...