Former Nampa School District employee fired for warnings about financial fraud, lawsuit alleges
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The multi-million dollar shortfall in the Nampa School District was announced just weeks ago, but one former employee says the financial mess has been going on for years.
Danielle Sisayaket says when she spoke out about it, she was fired. Now she has a whistleblower lawsuit pending with the Nampa School District.
Sisayaket says she warned her supervisor that accounting wasn’t being done properly. She says those warnings, up the chain of command, led to retaliation and ultimately, the loss of her job.
The suit alleges that former superintendent Gary Larsen and others ignored warnings about financial mismanagement and possible fraud in the school district. The school district announced Larsen's resignation on Monday.
The suit says the plaintiff, met with human resources on August 26, 2011, about her concerns that there was ongoing collusion between an external auditor and Nampa School District employees.
The lawsuit includes human resources' email response, asking Sisayaket to detail her concerns.
In a follow-up email, she lists specific items, including transferring bond money for inappropriate uses; per diem and mileage fraud by employees; and financial items left off an audit to hide them from the public and the board of trustees.
A week later, the suit says she was terminated and walked out of the office.
The lawsuit names Larsen several times, including the statement, “The Nampa School District #131 Finance Department has continually ignored requests for documentation and the Superintendent Gary Larsen and Deputy Superintendent Joshua Jensen have ignored the financial mismanagement.”
That lawsuit was filed in March and is pending.