Former superintendent accused of misusing funds heads to trial

Lisa Hamm (File photo).
Lisa Hamm (File photo).

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The former superintendent of Cincinnati College Preparatory Academy accused of misusing public money for trips, concerts and other expenses will face a jury trial Tuesday.

Lisa Hamm and Treasurer Stephanie Millard were previously indicted on 26 counts of theft in office, tampering with records, tampering with evidence and unauthorized use of property for taking property from the Ohio Department of Education.

A state audit accused Hamm and Millard of spending $520,000 in school money that was not authorized by the board on tickets for Hawaiian Airlines, Blue Hawaiian Helicopter Tours and Cirque Du Soleil.

In a 2013 interview with FOX19, Hamm denied the allegations and said that she did have board approval for all of the purchases.  Hamm said all of the money she spent went to better the lives of her inner-city school teachers and students, and indicated both the educators and kids come from families where attending concerts or plays or going on trips is out of reach.

As treasurer, Millard had to sign-off on Hamm's spending.

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