PENSACOLA, Fla. — Two Ohio men are being charged with racketeering and fraud in connection to a scheme where it is alleged public money was siphoned off from charter schools in six Florida counties.
A Florida prosecutor announced the charges Monday. Last year a grand jury indicted charter school management company Newpoint Education Partners, as well as three other vendors.
State Attorney Bill Eddins alleged in a release that Marcus May, the Newpoint owner, obtained more than $1 million in public money from the schools and used proceeds to acquire property and pay for plastic surgery and cruises.
Stephen Kunkemoeller, the owner of School Warehouse Inc., was also charged.
Attorney David McGee, who represents May, told the Florida Times-Union the expenditures were proper because his client earned that money from his companies.