A tech-savvy thief stole more than $640,000 from the Education Department, a shocking example of how the agency's lax oversight has cost taxpayers, a special investigation shows.
In April, Attoh was sentenced to a year in prison and fined $275,000 for the thefts, which occurred from 2003 to 2007.
"It is difficult to understand how the [agency] accumulated years of account statements, reflecting hundreds of thousands of public dollars spent to pay bills, but did not review them," Special Commissioner Richard Condon wrote in a report.
Education Department officials said they put a tight set of controls and processes in place to secure petty cash accounts.
But Condon noted that just last year a clerk was able to steal more than $60,000 because no one looked at statements that showed his personal purchases, including global travel with his family.