Garfield School District

Pursuing a statewide assault on local government corruption launched in 1992, the Commission detailed evidence of organized crime connections, conflicts of interest and malfeasance involving personnel of the Garfield School District in Bergen County. Responding to the Commissionís finding, district officials took steps to ensure greater accountability in the administration of a $9 million lease/purchase program, as well as in other areas. A follow-up investigation by the state Education Departmentís Office of Compliance resulted in a number of reforms and actions, including a recommendation that the district reimburse the lease/purchase program fund $279,647.45 and that it re-state its financial statements accordingly.

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