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Saturday, February 18, 2017

A QUESTION OF MOTIVATION: Where Is The Criminal Complaint?

Most of the time, ordinary citizens are not legally required to report a crime or to do anything to stop it. In other words, there is no general duty to be a “good Samaritan.”

However, a person charged with aiding and abetting or accessory is usually not present when the crime itself is committed, but he or she has knowledge of the crime before or after the fact, and may assist in its commission through advice, actions, or financial support.

My extensive investigation of the case, written for my fraud/crime blog and featured prominently on Diane Ravitch’s blog, uncovered significant evidence of a conspiracy among Ingersoll, select members of the Grand Traverse Academy’s board of directors, and Bruce Harger, the former head Lake Superior State University’s Charter School Office.

Stunning revelations continued to stream out about Ingersoll's previously undisclosed financial relationships with select board members and the former head of Lake Superior State University’s charter school office — including the December 8, 2015 testimony of former Grand Traverse Academy board president Brad Habermehl, who admitted soliciting a $300,000 “loan” in late 2014 for a “school project” on behalf of his “friend and colleague” Steven Ingersoll — activity that continued during the months even after Ingersoll was convicted. 

In addition, it was later revealed in 2016 that hefty monthly cash payments were made by the Grand Traverse Academy’s current manager (and former board president) Mark Noss to Ingersoll between April 2014 and March 2016, payments that occurred during the years Noss publicly insisted he had “no business relationship with Steven Ingersoll” and had “severed all ties with Smart Schools”. 

So where is the criminal complaint, and why has no one associated with the Grand Traverse Academy, its board of directors or Lake Superior State University acted?

Could the answer simply be many of them were directly involved, and would do anything to avoid the scrutiny an investigation would bring?

How else would you explain this letter written on behalf of Steven Ingersoll by Bruce Harger, the man who headed the Lake Superior State University Charter Office — the entity tasked with overseeing the Grand Traverse Academy?

Harger, not an attorney or even an accountant, even weighed in with his own theory of the case: 

“Unfortunately, the financial records were not as clear as they should have been. The accountant used by Dr. lngersoll died prior to the legal proceedings. The finding that the transfer of funds from the GTA management company to the BCA management company was taxable income to Dr. lngersoll might not have been found had the accountant been alive testify. Had the accountant been available for testimony in the trial, it is probable that a guilty verdict would not have occurred. Minimally, in my opinion, Dr. lngersoll did not intend to evade taxes.”

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