The superintendent of Prime Prep Academy, Ron Price, went to the FBI in Dallas on Wednesday to make a complaint about some of the charter school's troubles.
Price complained about hundreds of thousands of dollars for a summer feeding program that he says were not spent properly, and about missing laptops for students.
Before Wednesday, FOX 4 had heard that not more than 100 laptops were missing, but Price says more than 400 are missing.
Prince recently reported the issues to the Tarrant County District Attorney as well.
“They're missing,” said Price. “Unfortunately, many of them were sold by the former administration, and I was brought in to clean this mess up and hold people accountable, and that’s why I'm here today.”
The Texas Unified Nutrition Program’s annual audit for the 2011-2012 school year shows federal funds for a summer food service program of $570,189 went to Prime Prep's parent company, Uplift Fort Worth.
“We're talking about anywhere close to a half million dollars that is questionable that was misspent,” said Price.
Attorney Barry Sorrels is not involved in the case.
“If he made a complaint alleging these facts to the FBI today, I fully expect the FBI to take this complaint very seriously,” said Sorrels.
Sorrels says he thinks the FBI will take what Price said seriously because of the nature of the complaint.
“Federal monies, equipment, both intended for the benefit of children and allegations of misappropriation or embezzlement…the FBI is gonna fight and get to the bottom of this, I guarantee you,” said Sorrels.
Price says Prime Prep is headed in the right direction.
“It’s part of the process of cleaning this school system up and ensuring that we spend every dollar properly on the children,” said Price.
FOX 4 called the former administrator of Prime Prep on Wednesday. Our calls were not returned.
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