College Of DuPage Report Indicates Some WDCB/Chicago Officials Knew Of Former Engineer's Alleged Theft
June 15, 2015 at 4:06 AM (PT)
The CHICAGO TRIBUNE reports that the internal report ordered by the COLLEGE OF DUPAGE and conducted by a local law firm suggests that officials at the CHICAGO-area school knew that former Jazz WDCB/CHICAGO engineer JOHN VALENTA, charged with stealing over $100,000 from the school in FEBRUARY, had been convicted of the same crime before being caught at WDCB. The report from CHICAGO law firm WILLIAMS MONTGOMERY AND JOHN says that at least three officials at the school, including WDCB's then-station manager SCOTT WAGER, a campus police officer, and another station employee knew that VALENTA had been accused of submitting fake invoices at ELMHURST COLLEGE, for which he was arrested in 2011 and convicted.
The report alleges that "It appears most likely that SCOTT WAGER was made aware of the ELMHURST COLLEGE investigation and quieted the matter (by) failing to notify his superiors and preventing a police investigation from opening." It also says that an ELMHURST security official contacted the DUPAGE campus police and informed them of VALENTA's situation but were told that DUPAGE's "internal controls would not allow such a fraud to take place" at the school. And when another WDCB employee saw a report on VALENTA's ELMHURST problems and told WAGER, she said "WAGER 'looked like a ghost'" when he was shown the article and said he would address it, but the probe found no evidence that he told his superiors (although the law firm did not interview WAGER, who retired on JULY 31, 2013).
The DUPAGE board voted THURSDAY to release the report. VALENTA has been accused of submitting phony invoices from 2006 through 2013, billing the school for over $400,000 for his BROADCAST TECHNOLOGIES company. VALENTA pleaded guilty in the ELMHURST case and was sentenced to two years' probation and fined $11,270 in restitution. He has pleaded not guilty in the DUPAGE case.