The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has opened a fraud inquiry involving Epic Charter Schools, which operates an online virtual school in Oklahoma, officials confirmed Monday.
Epic is accused of using falsified records “to fraudulently receive payments from the Oklahoma Department of Education,” said Gary Perkinson, assistant agent in charge of the OSBI. “Right now, agents are conducting interviews and poring over records.”
The investigation was requested by Gov. Mary Fallin’s office in October, Perkinson said.
Bobby Stem, Epic’s director of government affairs, said Epic administrators are confident the investigation will clear school officials of wrongdoing.
“I know that we’ve got some disgruntled former employees, so I knew that there were some allegations out there running around,” Stem said.
Stem said he believes the allegations against Epic are centered on how the school counts its students.
Epic Charter Schools had about 2,700 students last year and expects to have about 3,000 next year, he said.
Students take classes online, but the school also has about 100 Oklahoma-certified teachers who travel around the state assisting pupils.
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