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Marion County Public Schools

512 SE 3Rd Street

Ocala, Florida 34478

United States

Company Description

Marion County Public Schools provides vital resources to Marion County Emergency Management, Marion County Sheriff's Office, Marion County Health Department and the City of Ocala. These resources include school shelters, school buses for evacuations and s ... more

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Background Information

Employment History

Chief Benefits Officer of the Retirement Fund

Indiana Public Employees

Intern

Jones Day

Affiliations

Benefits Manager
Cook & Company Inc

Education

Indiana University

Web References (38 Total References)


nuvo.net / Lies and damned lies

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Kevin Scott appeared to have it all.

...
Kevin Scott simply left a few things out.
...
By the time the Will Smith movie version came out, in 1993, Kevin Scott himself had two faces, and one had hidden secrets.
That fraternity, for instance.Investigators would learn Scott had been kicked out for suspicion of stealing money.
Then there was the first internship.
In 1990, Scott was hired by the Ohio Legislative Services Commission to serve as intern to three Republican legislators.He was fired for falsifying time sheets - he collected state pay while working as a waiter.
Then there was the second internship.
Still in law school, Scott was hired as an intern at the national law firm of Jones Day Reavis and Pogue.He was quietly fired for using a partner"s credit card without authorization."Quietly" is the operative word, because Scott was able to get another law firm internship the following summer.
His apparent propensity for thievery might have gone unnoticed, except when Scott applied to take the Ohio bar exam, the examiners learned he had been fired by both law firms, the second for alleged sexual harassment.Bar officials decided, as one source put it: "We need to write a letter so he can never take the bar exam anywhere."
Somehow, Scott got another internship - at Procter & Gamble.It lasted five months.Therein lies a tale to be told later.
Instead of becoming a lawyer, Scott became a car salesman.In this role, he made his biggest mistake to date.He used the identities of two people to get more than $31,000 in loans and lines of credit.
Exposed in 1996, Scott was hauled into U.S. District Court in Cincinnati.He pleaded guilty to two counts of bank and mail fraud.He spent two months in prison and was released on probation.
A convicted felon.An ex-con.A chronic thief and apparent sociopath.Yet what would seem to be a bleak future was anything but.
Within a year, Scott would be living in Bloomington, Ind., working for Cook, Inc., and earning accolades like this:
"It is our great pleasure to know that Kevin now plans on a long-term commitment to Cook!Kevin has done a super job in the short time with us so far Ö Kevin is a pleasure to work with and has become a valuable member of the Cook team in a very short time.
...
For now, all that can be said with certainty is that Scott had married.His wife Valerie is an accountant, and she enrolled at Indiana University for further studies.They came to Bloomington, moved into a nice home, and Cook, Inc. hired the 30-year-old ex-Ohioan on a "two-year commitment" to work in its corporate benefits department.
Mrs. Scott for a time worked at Coopers & Lybrand.The couple had a son.And Kevin was a hit at Cook.
In October 1998, his department manager wrote enthusiastically, "He obviously brought with him some strong business and legal skills.
...
In July, W. Kevin Scott sent an e-mail and resume to Ken Stoughton, PERF human resources director, as a prelude to a formal interview.
...
Scott was able to tout his position handling a $19 million budget and administering benefits for 4,000 Cook employees worldwide, along with enthusiastic reports of his performance at Cook.Moreover, he offered some heavyweight references from Cook - John Kamstra, chief financial officer; Dr. John DeFord, president and CEO; Dan Peterson, executive vice president; and Phyllis McCullough, chairperson of the board.
He was one of four finalists.
...
Butler and Turner agreed on Scott.
...
By now it was October, and if Scott could clear the last hurdles - his references and a routine criminal background check by Indiana State Police - he would get the state job.
Then something rather astonishing happened.Scott"s references came through.
It was astonishing because Cook had fired Scott long before he applied for the state job.
In fact, Cook had terminated Scott in March 2001, on grounds that Scott had used company funds to have business cards printed showing him as Cook"s corporate counsel.Scott wasn"t admitted before any bar.
Just as bizarre, Cook executives now knew Scott was a convicted felon.
...
Scott "would do very well" at PERF, she opined.When asked what she would do if Scott left Cook and wanted to come back, she replied, "There is a policy against rehiring."
...
Oh, Scott needed improvement in the area of "maturity."
...
Scott easily passed the criminal background check.It was easy because he provided the Social Security number of another Kevin Scott with no criminal history.He would have passed with his own number anyway.Federal law prohibits access to the national crime data base for employment record checks.
In November, Scott officially joined the PERF team, giving him access to private information on thousands of Hoosiers.
The blame game
From November until August 2002, Scott worked at PERF without complaint or suspicion.In the summer, The Indianapolis Star ran an article about state employees who got jobs during a hiring freeze.Scott and his $95,000 annual salary were mentioned.Shortly, an anonymous woman left a telltale message on a recorder at the newspaper.
Scott"s felony conviction was exposed.Scott resigned and was arrested later on a federal charge of misuse of a Social Security number.
Gov. Frank O"Bannon retained Indianapolis attorney Forrest Bowman Jr. to investigate.Bowman traced the hiring procedures, including Cook officials" recommendations.In September, an attorney for the Bloomington company revealed Cook had fired Scott months before Scott approached PERF.
Just as startling, the attorney told Bowman that Cook had learned of Scott"s felony conviction and allowed him to continue working, at least until the misleading business cards were discovered.
The Cook attorney also said Scott had told the three executives PERF knew about his past.
...
In fact, Scott had had a brief internship with Procter & Gamble.
By this point, the media focus had changed.Because O"Bannon"s staff had ordered the criminal background check, he was blamed for not being more thorough.
...
When O"Bannon decided not to reappoint PERF board members Steve Miller, treasurer of Indiana University, and Teresa Ghilarducci, an associate professor of economics at Notre Dame, who weren"t involved in Scott"s hiring, The Star suggested Miller and Ghilarducci had been purged to prevent criticism of O"Bannon.
...
Scott"s activities at PERF are under investigation.He has been undergoing psychiatric analysis at a federal hospital.


Sentence in pension-fundembezzlement case set aside

www.courier-journal.com [cached]

Scott was sentenced before the U.S. Supreme Court ruled this year that judges should consider sentencing guidelines as only advisory.

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Johanna M. Christiansen, an attorney who represented Scott in the appeal, declined to comment yesterday.
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Scott, 38, was sentenced in December 2003 to 10 years in prison and ordered to repay about $1.3 million for embezzling money while working for Cook Inc. of Bloomington and for using another person's Social Security number in applying for a job as chief benefit officer of the $10 billion Public Employees' Retirement Fund.
Scott resigned the pension-fund position in 2002 after state officials learned he had used identity information of a person with a similar name to pass a criminal background check.He had a previous conviction in Ohio for fraud and identity theft.
Scott was not convicted of stealing any money or identities from the pension fund, although prosecutors said stolen identity information was found in his possession.


Sentence in pension-fundembezzlement case set aside

www.courierjournal.com [cached]

Scott was sentenced before the U.S. Supreme Court ruled this year that judges should consider sentencing guidelines as only advisory.

...
Johanna M. Christiansen, an attorney who represented Scott in the appeal, declined to comment yesterday.
...
Scott, 38, was sentenced in December 2003 to 10 years in prison and ordered to repay about $1.3 million for embezzling money while working for Cook Inc. of Bloomington and for using another person's Social Security number in applying for a job as chief benefit officer of the $10 billion Public Employees' Retirement Fund.
Scott resigned the pension-fund position in 2002 after state officials learned he had used identity information of a person with a similar name to pass a criminal background check.He had a previous conviction in Ohio for fraud and identity theft.
Scott was not convicted of stealing any money or identities from the pension fund, although prosecutors said stolen identity information was found in his possession.


ID thief to get new sentence, court says

www.indystar.com [cached]

Walter Kevin Scott, the convicted identity thief who once held a top job at the state's $10 billion Public Employees' Retirement Fund, will be sentenced again for his crimes, according to a federal appeals court ruling.

Scott, 38, was sentenced in December 2003 to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to 23 felonies, including bank fraud, money laundering and misusing a Social Security number.Scott, who served as the fund's chief benefits officer from November 2001 to August 2002, was not found guilty of committing any crimes while working at the fund.
...
Scott was convicted of stealing one man's identity and more than $600,000 from his former Bloomington employer, medical-device maker Cook Group Inc.
Scott stole the identity of another Kevin Scott to land his job at the fund.
...
Walter Kevin Scott's criminal history, which he hid from the state but which was uncovered in an investigation by The Indianapolis Star, sparked a criminal probe by the Indiana State Police, Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Secret Service.
Scott got into even more trouble in 2003 at the Volunteers of America work-release facility, which prompted the obstruction-of-justice finding during sentencing.
He admitted bribing employees with $20 to $50 each time for free time to have sex, conduct business deals and acquire cell phones he wasn't supposed to have.Scott later was sent back to the Marion County Jail.


nuvo.net / Lies and damned lies

www.nuvo.net [cached]

Kevin Scott appeared to have it all.

...
Kevin Scott simply left a few things out.
...
By the time the Will Smith movie version came out, in 1993, Kevin Scott himself had two faces, and one had hidden secrets.
That fraternity, for instance.Investigators would learn Scott had been kicked out for suspicion of stealing money.
Then there was the first internship.
In 1990, Scott was hired by the Ohio Legislative Services Commission to serve as intern to three Republican legislators.He was fired for falsifying time sheets - he collected state pay while working as a waiter.
Then there was the second internship.
Still in law school, Scott was hired as an intern at the national law firm of Jones Day Reavis and Pogue.He was quietly fired for using a partner"s credit card without authorization."Quietly" is the operative word, because Scott was able to get another law firm internship the following summer.
His apparent propensity for thievery might have gone unnoticed, except when Scott applied to take the Ohio bar exam, the examiners learned he had been fired by both law firms, the second for alleged sexual harassment.Bar officials decided, as one source put it: "We need to write a letter so he can never take the bar exam anywhere."
Somehow, Scott got another internship - at Procter & Gamble.It lasted five months.Therein lies a tale to be told later.
Instead of becoming a lawyer, Scott became a car salesman.In this role, he made his biggest mistake to date.He used the identities of two people to get more than $31,000 in loans and lines of credit.
Exposed in 1996, Scott was hauled into U.S. District Court in Cincinnati.He pleaded guilty to two counts of bank and mail fraud.He spent two months in prison and was released on probation.
A convicted felon.An ex-con.A chronic thief and apparent sociopath.Yet what would seem to be a bleak future was anything but.
Within a year, Scott would be living in Bloomington, Ind., working for Cook, Inc., and earning accolades like this:
"It is our great pleasure to know that Kevin now plans on a long-term commitment to Cook!Kevin has done a super job in the short time with us so far Ö Kevin is a pleasure to work with and has become a valuable member of the Cook team in a very short time.
...
For now, all that can be said with certainty is that Scott had married.His wife Valerie is an accountant, and she enrolled at Indiana University for further studies.They came to Bloomington, moved into a nice home, and Cook, Inc. hired the 30-year-old ex-Ohioan on a "two-year commitment" to work in its corporate benefits department.
Mrs. Scott for a time worked at Coopers & Lybrand.The couple had a son.And Kevin was a hit at Cook.
In October 1998, his department manager wrote enthusiastically, "He obviously brought with him some strong business and legal skills.
...
In July, W. Kevin Scott sent an e-mail and resume to Ken Stoughton, PERF human resources director, as a prelude to a formal interview.
...
Scott was able to tout his position handling a $19 million budget and administering benefits for 4,000 Cook employees worldwide, along with enthusiastic reports of his performance at Cook.Moreover, he offered some heavyweight references from Cook - John Kamstra, chief financial officer; Dr. John DeFord, president and CEO; Dan Peterson, executive vice president; and Phyllis McCullough, chairperson of the board.
He was one of four finalists.
...
Butler and Turner agreed on Scott.
...
By now it was October, and if Scott could clear the last hurdles - his references and a routine criminal background check by Indiana State Police - he would get the state job.
Then something rather astonishing happened.Scott"s references came through.
It was astonishing because Cook had fired Scott long before he applied for the state job.
In fact, Cook had terminated Scott in March 2001, on grounds that Scott had used company funds to have business cards printed showing him as Cook"s corporate counsel.Scott wasn"t admitted before any bar.
Just as bizarre, Cook executives now knew Scott was a convicted felon.
...
Scott "would do very well" at PERF, she opined.When asked what she would do if Scott left Cook and wanted to come back, she replied, "There is a policy against rehiring."
...
Oh, Scott needed improvement in the area of "maturity."
...
Scott easily passed the criminal background check.It was easy because he provided the Social Security number of another Kevin Scott with no criminal history.He would have passed with his own number anyway.Federal law prohibits access to the national crime data base for employment record checks.
In November, Scott officially joined the PERF team, giving him access to private information on thousands of Hoosiers.
The blame game
From November until August 2002, Scott worked at PERF without complaint or suspicion.In the summer, The Indianapolis Star ran an article about state employees who got jobs during a hiring freeze.Scott and his $95,000 annual salary were mentioned.Shortly, an anonymous woman left a telltale message on a recorder at the newspaper.
Scott"s felony conviction was exposed.Scott resigned and was arrested later on a federal charge of misuse of a Social Security number.
Gov. Frank O"Bannon retained Indianapolis attorney Forrest Bowman Jr. to investigate.Bowman traced the hiring procedures, including Cook officials" recommendations.In September, an attorney for the Bloomington company revealed Cook had fired Scott months before Scott approached PERF.
Just as startling, the attorney told Bowman that Cook had learned of Scott"s felony conviction and allowed him to continue working, at least until the misleading business cards were discovered.
The Cook attorney also said Scott had told the three executives PERF knew about his past.
...
In fact, Scott had had a brief internship with Procter & Gamble.
By this point, the media focus had changed.Because O"Bannon"s staff had ordered the criminal background check, he was blamed for not being more thorough.
...
When O"Bannon decided not to reappoint PERF board members Steve Miller, treasurer of Indiana University, and Teresa Ghilarducci, an associate professor of economics at Notre Dame, who weren"t involved in Scott"s hiring, The Star suggested Miller and Ghilarducci had been purged to prevent criticism of O"Bannon.
...
Scott"s activities at PERF are under investigation.He has been undergoing psychiatric analysis at a federal hospital.

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