Thursday, January 12, 2023

State Auditor Byrd optimistic about Drummond prosecution of Epic Charter founders


OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (January 11, 2023) Oklahoma State Auditor & Inspector Cindy Byrd today announced her support of Oklahoma Attorney General, Gentner Drummond, as he moves forward in the prosecutions against the former management at Epic Charter Schools. Based on the results of the SAI’s 2020 audit, Epic founders Ben Harris and David Chaney, and their CFO Josh Brock, now face felony charges of embezzlement and racketeering.

“I offer the meticulous research and documentation of the audit workpapers to Attorney General Drummond in the prosecution of the felony counts against Harris, Chaney, and Brock,” Auditor Cindy Byrd said. “These men misappropriated millions in taxpayer dollars. This scheme has been exposed and it is now time to hold the bad actors accountable.”

Shortly after the Attorney General’s announcement, State Republican Party Chairman, AJ Ferate, sent a letter to the Oklahoma Ethics Commission. Ferate is requesting the commission study to investigate the influence of dark money in Oklahoma’s elections. In his letter, Ferate pointed to Cindy Byrd’s primary election as an example.

”My election was against dark money entities," said Cindy Byrd. “I am all for free speech and an individual can spend millions of dollars of their own money to attack me. However, if you use taxpayer money to pay for political attacks, as State Auditor, I am going to hold you accountable.”

The full audit report of Epic Charter Schools is posted on the Oklahoma State Auditor & Inspector’s official website:


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