Hinkle said the relationship between the schools and IMR has been improperly blurred. “There should be better controls that don’t allow money to go into the wrong bank account or the schools to pay the managment company’s expenses.”
In an interview, Thomas said auditors were retaliating because IMR, 368 S. Patterson Blvd., filed a lawsuit in October against Yost, Attorney General Mike DeWine and the Richard Allen schools. The lawsuit, in Franklin County Common Pleas Court, asks for an injunction against collection of the $408,000 in findings and a court determination that auditors misinterpreted the intent of the management contract.
“Of course, they’re angry that we filed the lawsuit,” Thomas said. “It’s not mismanagement of funds. We haven’t mismanaged anything.”