CLEVELAND - A five-count indictment has been filed charging two men in connection with an operation that cost the Cuyahoga Heights School district millions of dollars.
David Donadeo, 39, formerly of Broadview Heights and Dennis Boyles, 39, of Garfield Heights face charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Boyles was also charged with two counts of tax evasion and one count of making or subscribing a false tax return.
The indictment is tied to the case of the district's former Information Technology Director, Joseph Palazzo, who was charged in a separate, previous indictment.
Federal prosecutors allege Palazzo, Donadeo, Boyles and others concocted a plan to divert millions in school district funds to their own use.
According to the indictment, Palazzo submitted false invoices for payment from shell companies for IT related goods and services that ultimately the district never received.
According to the federal indictment, Donadeo and Boyles helped establish the shell companies and allegedly kept half of the money for themselves and funneled the other half back to Palazzo.
The district sustained losses totaling more than $3.3 million.