Two virtual Indiana schools scam state out of $68 million

Two virtual schools are accused of cheating the state out of $68 million dollars.

The State Board of Accounts says Indiana Virtual School and Indiana Virtual Pathways Academy claimed credit for nearly eight-thousand phantom students in their final two years of operation.

Auditors say the schools’ enrollment counts, which determine how much money schools get from the state funding formula, included students who had requested information about the schools but never actually enrolled.

The report says one student was dead and still got counted — two years in a row. The State Board is also demanding an additional 86-million dollars in bills for goods and services which weren’t properly documented.