Report: Consulting firm paid $2.3m by Wright State

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FAIRBORN, Ohio (WDTN) – The Ohio Inspector General released a report of investigation Tuesday after receiving a complaint from State Representative Jim Butler expressing concerns with a contract between Wright State University and Ron Wine Consulting Group.

The Inspector General’s Office said Ron Wine, president of RWCG, was under contract to secure funding development for WSU and Wright State Applied Research Corporation.

According to the report, records reviewed during the investigation revealed that Ron Wine had been paid more than $2.3 million by Wright State since 2009. Investigators determined that approximately $1.8 million of the $2.3 million received by Wine was identified as being overpayments, unsupported payments, unauthorized payments, or questionable payments as detailed in the report of investigation.

The report has been sent to the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office and the Ohio Auditor of State for consideration.

2 NEWS contacted Wright State University about the report and received this statement:

Wright State University received a copy of this report Monday, Dec. 11.

It is the university’s understanding that the OIG has referred the report to the State Auditor’s office and the Greene County Prosecutor for appropriate law enforcement actions and the university will cooperate fully with those offices in any further action.

As the university is currently involved in litigation with Mr. Wine regarding his consulting services and amounts paid pursuant to such contracts, the university’s longstanding practice is not to comment on pending litigation matters.

The OIG’s report made recommendations to the university. In alignment with those recommendations, since 2015 Wright State has taken the following corrective actions:

  • The University has worked with the Ohio Attorney General and outside counsel since 2015 to implement new contracting procedures.
  • A new General Counsel was hired in March, 2016 to address many of the issues.
  • The Wright State University Board of Trustees established an affiliated entity policy to manage the university’s relationship with WSARC and other affiliated entities.
  • Wright State University established new compliance steps to ensure that all financial dealings between the university and its vendors and affiliated entities were conducted in an appropriate, open and transparent fashion.

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