The Washington Post reports a document filed in D.C. Superior Court Monday said the anchor for the Washington, D.C. CBS affiliate was a paid consultant for one of the two companies involved in the alleged scheme to siphon millions of dollars from Options Charter School.
A civil complaint filed in October against former managers of the charter school included Hayward, who was the chair of the school’s board of trustees at the time. The complaint alleges the executives siphoned at least $3 million of the school’s money into two companies they ran.
Lawyers for Hayward looked to have the longtime D.C. anchor removed from the case.
The new accusation suggests that Hayward approved payments to the companies in her role as chairwoman while receiving money from one of those companies as a consultant. The court document — filed Monday, according to a spokesman for the attorney general’s office — does not say how much money Hayward allegedly received in payments, how long she consulted for the company or what the consulting entailed.
Hayward declined to comment when reached by telephone Monday evening. “I really don’t want to respond to anything right now,” Hayward said.
Hayward’s lawyer, Jeffrey S. Jacobovitz, said prosecutors told him Hayward received “a negligible amount of money” from the company and that the payments were approved by lawyers.