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NY Audit Faults Preschool Special Ed Provider For Diverting Millions

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) -- A New York state audit has found that a provider of special education services to preschoolers illegally diverted millions of dollars to summer camps and a religious school.

The audit of Island Child Development Center in Queens also found that funds were diverted to a kosher supermarket owned by the group’s board members.

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s office told The New York Times that auditors couldn’t confirm that any of the children who were supposed to get services from the agency ever did.

The auditors said they found at least $5.8 million in fraudulent spending over six years.

DiNapoli referred the audit to the Queens district attorney’s office. The Times said a lawyer representing an Island Child official promised to work with prosecutors to resolve the investigation.

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