Many students who were forced to make the chaotic transition to online schooling found their online classes uninspiring, but some students prefer taking classes online. Even before the pandemic, some students in California chose to enroll in online charter schools.
This setup offered students a refuge from classroom bullies and enabled them to travel frequently because of their own participation in extracurricular activities or their parents’ work. At their best, charter schools offer the kinds of educational enrichment and low student-to-teacher ratios once reserved for expensive private schools, which is why the state is willing to invest public funds in them.
One charter school company in California turned out to be a fake, offering the students a small fraction of the services it promised and misrepresenting the number of students enrolled so that it received more public funds than it was entitled to receive.
If you are facing criminal charges for misusing taxpayer funds in the context of your work, contact a Los Angeles financial crimes defense lawyer.
Defendant’s Prison Sentence Will Not Require Him to Set Foot in a Penitentiary
Jason Schrock is one of the founders of the A3 charter school network in San Diego and nearby counties, which ceased to operate in early 2019 after an investigation revealed that the school’s administrators defrauded taxpayers by falsifying enrollment documents about the number of students enrolled and by providing instruction that fell far short of state requirements for charter schools.
By the time the A3 schools closed, Schrock and his co-conspirators had defrauded California taxpayers out of more than $400 million. Nine defendants were arrested in connection with the scheme and charged with fraud and other financial crimes.
Since his arraignment in May 2019, Schrock has been on house arrest in Orange County. He has cooperated thoroughly with the investigation, handing over all the money that was under the control of A3 schools when they closed and providing thorough records and documents from throughout the school’s history. He later pleaded guilty, and the judge considered Schrock’s efforts to repair the harm he had caused.
In September 2021, Schrock received a sentence of four years in prison and an $18.75 million fine. California law requires that he receive credit for remaining on house arrest for more than 750 days before his sentencing, and it is likely that he will never have to report to prison to complete his sentence.
The other founder of A3 schools, Sean McManus, is under house arrest in Australia and has also pleaded guilty. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for February 2022; his sentence will likely also include an $18.75 million fine.
Contact the Manshoory Law Group About Allegations of Fraud
A Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer can help you if you are being accused of fraud, money laundering, or other financial crimes, especially in the context of a business you operated. Your initial consultation is always free, so contact the Manshoory Law Group in Los Angeles, California, or call (877)977-7750 to discuss your case.