Only News 8 has learned East Haven Public Schools Superintendent Erica Forti, the vice-chair of the Board of Education, and board’s lawyer have all sat for extensive interviews with agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
“Very shocking!” said town resident Pasquale Muro III. “I didn’t know about this.”
Multiple high-level sources with direct knowledge of the investigation told News 8’s Mario Boone the probe centers on a recent audit, which uncovered $31,786 missing from a pre-k program formerly supervised Cathy Finkle, who also happens to be married to school board member John Finkle.
Mrs. Finkle was fired November 8. According to a termination letter we obtained, Finkle was caught filling out time sheets for her two daughters over the course of at least one fiscal year. In addition, auditors found she used “poor judgment” in managing the pre-k program.
The superintendent determined she wasn’t “fully forthcoming” in a pre-discipline hearing and gave answers deemed “inconsistent or inaccurate.”
We’re told FBI agents also looking into the former EHPS business manager Jim Farrell.
News 8 reached out to the Finkles, but their phone numbers appear to have been disconnected. A spokesman for the FBI’s New Haven office declined to comment on this story.
East Haven taxpayers say enough is enough.
“I don’t care what your title is, it’s wrong, because we work hard for our money,” Aspen Hylton, also a town resident. “We need to see it go where it’s supposed to go.”
“It’s sad that they’re using money that should be for students and for citizens to do what they’re doing. I mean, it’s really bad,” said Muro.
Web Extra: View Finkle’s termination letter below: