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Bus Driver Alleges Gambling On School Property
Columbus City Schools is looking into allegations that some transportation department workers were involved in gambling on district property. The investigation comes after a worker called the districtâ€™s tip line.
Columbus City School bus driver Veoletta Svarda accuses several colleagues of intimidation and running a gambling operation.
Both the Ohio Auditor of State and Columbus Police have been notified about the matter.
According to district records, some bus workers allegedly sold bingo tickets at the bus compound.
Svarda decided to report the issue after she felt one of the drawings she participated in was rigged.
Svarda said some workers verbally threatened her and put feces in her bus.
The complaint prompted other bus workers to talk, and district files show some workers are accused of charging money to wash and detail other employeesâ€™ buses. Drivers are given overtime on their timesheets to wash their buses.
The complaint also alleges some workers operated an unauthorized snack bar at the bus compound.