Charter School Principal and Federal Program Theft

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Further, Rodriguez abused the state of Delaware’s voucher program, which facilitates the reimbursement of qualified expenses. Rodriguez’ misdeeds were discovered as a result of non-compliant findings, over the course of a routine audit. The audit was performed by the U.S. Department of Education – Office of the Inspector General.

From Principal to Prisoner

Noel Rodriguez, age 56, and formerly of Dover, Delaware, was sentenced to more than a year in prison. Moreover, Rodriguez is ordered to pay $145,480 in restitution. The prison sentence comes after Rodriguez’ guilty plea to one count of federal program theft on November 20, 2017.

“Principals are in positions of public trust and have an obligation to act in the best interest of their schools and the children for which they represent,” said Special Agent Gordon B. Johnson of the FBI’s Baltimore Division. “Mr. Rodriguez violated this trust. The FBI will vigorously investigate any official who attempts to use their position to enrich themselves.”