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A Special Investigations Unit Report on the Texas Education Agency

January 2012

Report Number 12-015

Overall Conclusion

The State Auditor's Office's Special Investigations Unit investigated allegations that the former executive director of the Asian Chamber of Commerce (ACOC) of Austin submitted false payroll records to the Texas Education Agency (Agency) for reimbursement of payroll expenses through an English Literacy and Civics Education grant.

The results of that investigation led to the Public Integrity Unit of the Travis County District Attorney's Office obtaining an indictment for Mai Nguyen on December 16, 2011. The indictment of Ms. Nguyen charges her with securing execution of a document by deception, with a value of $20,000 or more but less than $100,000. That is a third-degree felony.

The English Literacy and Civics Education grants that the Agency administers enable grantees to create programs to teach immigrants English and American government. The ACOC received grants between 2002 to 2005, and it operated as a nonprofit in Austin until 2006.

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