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Monday, December 23, 2013

APS confirms address fraud occurred at Grady High

APS Superintendent Erroll Davis
Parents who allegedly faked home addresses so their kids could play football at Grady High School might have to reimburse the school and face additional legal punishments, Atlanta Public Schools officials said late last week.

APS Superintendent Erroll Davis on Friday confirmed that officials have found "conclusive evidence" of address fraud at the Midtown high school.

The investigation, which was initially sparked by an anonymous complaint, discovered that parents from outside Grady's attendance zone - some even outside the city limits - filled out enrollment affidavits with false addresses so that their children could be recruited to play football.

"Players who were fraudulently enrolled will be required to leave the school," Davis said in a statement.

Davis said that parents who committed fraud could be required to pay back upwards of $10,000 per school year. Other legal action, he said, could be pursued. But internal "issues of institutional control" would need to be fixed first.

"Integrity is paramount, and we want to send a message that false affidavits have academic, personnel, financial and legal consequences that are simply not worth it," Davis said.

APS transferred Grady Football head coach Ronnie Millen, who has worked for the system for nearly three decades, to another school while the investigation remains open. School officials plan to continue their probe once the school's winter break concludes.

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