Pennsylvania's top watch dog said he's followed the money trail, and now the Vitalistic Therapeutic Charter School in Bethlehem has some explaining to do.
Between 2006 and 2010, Pennsylvania Auditor General Jack Wagner said the school's founder and CEO, Naomi Grossman, misused $719,000 in public funds.
Wagner's report alleges Grossman used the money to give a $100,000 bonus to herself and $18,000 to her family and her business manager.
It was all done, according to the report, by treating the charter school and Vitalistic Therapeutic Center as one entity and transferring funds between the two as Grossman saw fit.
According to Pennsylvania law, charter schools can take public funds but can use them only for charter school purposes.
Grossman told 69 News she never gave herself or her family and business manager a bonus. She did admit to transferring funds between the school and therapeutic center but said the money was used only for business and school purposes.
The school, which bills itself as as place for educational and therapeutic services for children up to the age of 12 who have developmental delays and public health issues, has recently come under fire from the Bethlehem Area and Allentown school districts, which both allege Vitalistic misused funds and violated its charter.
Vitalistic is set to open for the year Wednesday at its new location.