Tutoring company owner charged with falsifying financial documents

The owner of a tutoring company who taught students in Richmond, Bibb, Muscogee, Dekalb and Clayton counties alledgedly falsified financial documents to qualify as provider under the federal Supplemental Education Services program in 2010, according to a statement from the Georgia Office of the Attorney General released Tuesday.

A Fulton County grand jury on Nov. 26 charged Domonique Scott of A Love of Learning Tutoring with one count of forgery in the first degree and three counts of false statements.

The indictment alleges Scott falsified financial assets and liabilities of her company on her state application in January 2010, making it appear like it was thriving when it actually only existed on paper, according to the statement from OAG.

“(Scott) provided a false balance sheet, a false statement of net income, a program summary showing a false start date for the company and a forged letter from a fictitious financial institution representing a non-existent cash line of credit,” according to the statement.

Richmond County contracted with Scott from December 2010 until September 2011, according to Director of Information Technology Robert Jankus.

The SES program, which was discontinued in Georgia in 2012 when the state received a waiver from No Child Left Behind provisions, allocated federal funds to districts to pay for tutoring for children at low-income schools.

Georgia opted to end SES because of low participation throughout the state.

In the 2011-12 school year, only 42 percent of eligible students in Richmond County took advantage of the tutoring.

The Georgia Department of Education was responsible for approving vendors, according to Richmond County Title I Director Audrey Spry. After Richmond County contracted with the approved tutoring services, parents could select a vendor through the SES fairs held in the county or through a list provided by the district, Spry said.

According to the OAG, Scott’s case was investigated by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Office of the State Inspector General and the U.S. Department of Education Office of Inspector General.

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