Jacqueline Middleton reportedly told the agency's 18-member board of her resignation on April 7

13 LINKEDIN 1 COMMENTMORE

CLEVELAND -- Since 2008, Channel 3 News Investigator Tom Meyer has exposed questionable spending by the executive in charge of running Ohio's largest Head Start agency.

That same executive has now resigned as federal investigators examine financial transactions that occurred while she was in charge of the Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland.

Jacqueline Middleton reportedly told the agency's 18-member board of her resignation on April 7. Board Chairman George Forbes had asked her to resign despite fiercely defending her spending habits over the years.

Forbes did not return phone calls. Middleton could not be reached, but she has denied wrongdoing in the past. Her lawyer did not return a phone call.

Middleton, who received more than $200,000 a year in compensation, often used her agency credit card to travel, to rent expensive cars and to pay for luxury hotels. She also had the habit of eating in fancy restaurants and buying high-priced gifts.

Forbes recently discovered that Middleton had an agency contractor install carpet at her home. Also, Forbes became aware of a federal investigation and a subpoena that ordered Middleton to hand over checks that were written to her.

The U.S. Attorney's office in Cleveland declined comment when asked about the federal investigation.

13 LINKEDIN 1 COMMENTMORE
Read or Share this story: http://on.wkyc.com/1iXoW2E