October 20, 2017

Steve Dettelbach: Career Politicians Let ECOT Get Away With Millions

WESTERVILLE – TODAY, Steve Dettelbach, candidate for Ohio Attorney General, criticized Columbus politicians for failing to do their job overseeing the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) in a speech to members of the Ohio Association of Public School Employees (OAPSE).

ECOT has been ordered to pay back nearly $80 million to the state of Ohio after it was determined that the school billed taxpayers for students it could not prove actually attended class over the last two school years. Since ECOT began operating in 2000, ECOT’s founder and his associates have contributed over $2 million to state officials.

“And here’s the real crime — for years, politicians failed to ask for ECOT’s actual attendance books and hold them accountable for cheating taxpayers, because they were too busy cashing campaign checks from those associated with the school,“ said Steve Dettelbach.  “Every Ohioan deserves to know — where were our elected officials who were supposed to be looking out for us?”

“I’m not a politician. I’m someone who has held them accountable my entire career.  As a career prosecutor and U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, I prosecuted fraudsters of all types and corrupt politicians in both parties — as Attorney General I’ll work with County Prosecutors and law enforcement do the same.

“It’s time to wipe the slate clean. We need to elect outsiders who will stand up for what’s right and fix what’s broken. And we can start by getting rid of this cozy culture in Columbus that led to ECOT.”

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Steve Dettelbach, the Democratic candidate for Ohio Attorney General, is a former United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio and career federal prosecutor.