Former principal guilty of creating hundreds of fake students

The principal was found guilty of enrolling hundreds of fake students to obtain funding from multiple state agencies.

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — The former principal of the Bradley Academy of Excellence, a now-closed Valley charter school, was sentenced to “3.75 years in prison and ordered to pay $2,538,722 in restitution,” Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said.

The former principal, Harold Cadiz, was found guilty of enrolling fake students into the charter school in order to obtain funding from the Arizona Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

Cadiz, along with school CEO Daniel Hughes and Vice-Principal Joann Vega, reported hundreds of fake student profiles in order to secure additional funding for the school.

The school reportedly closed abruptly in December of 2017, the Arizona Attorney General said. Not long after, the Attorney General’s officer seized hundreds of documents created by the administration that supported

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Ex-Arizona charter school principal sentenced in fraud case

PHOENIX (AP) — The former principal of a Goodyear charter school has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison and ordered to pay more than $2.5 million in restitution in a fraud case.

State prosecutors said Harold Cadiz was sentenced for his role in enrolling fake students to obtain funding from the Arizona Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Cadiz worked at the now-closed Bradley Academy of Excellence, a K-8 charter school.

Prosecutors said Cadiz reported hundreds of fake student profiles to the state education department to fraudulently get additional funding for the financially failing school.

The fake students were enrolled in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s school lunch program during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 academic years.

After the school abruptly closed its doors in December 2017, it was discovered Bradley Academy included 191 fake students in its reported enrollment

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