By David Madden
COATESVILLE, Pa. (CBS) — The school board in Coatesville has taken dramatic action in an effort to get to the bottom of a theft-and-fraud probe being conducted by the Chester County district attorney.READ MORE: Man Dead, Another Injured In Shooting At Coatesville Moose Lodge, Police Say
The district has decided to waive attorney-client privilege in the matter of its onetime lawyer and will release its own independent probe and forensic audit.
Both moves are being praised by DA Tom Hogan.
“By waiving the privilege, they are allowing the district attorney’s office to really finish our investigation regarding former solicitor James Ellison,” Hogan tells KYW Newsradio. “This will allow us to get behind the legal bills and find out if he actually did this work or if, in fact, the school district was defrauded for potentially millions of dollars.”READ MORE: FBI, Philadelphia Police Searching For Woman Who Allegedly Robbed Wells Fargo Bank In Logan Square, Police Say
Hogan suggests Ellison may have ripped the district off to the tune of as much as $6.9 million.
Former schools superintendent Richard Como and ex-athletic director Jim Donato have already been indicted by a grand jury.
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