Erik Fresen Goes to Jail

Erik Fresen, whose wife and brother-in-law run Academica, is going to jail. Academica is Florida’s largest for-profit charter school chain.

Fresen failed to file his income tax return from 2007-2016. He will spend the holidays in jail. For the next four months, he must spend fifteen days in jail. The judge allowed him out of jail periodically so that he can earn money to pay his back taxes.

Fresen is not ignorant about either money or budgets. He served eight years in the Florida House and was Chair of the House Subcommittee on Education Appropriations. A little sensitivity about ethics might be in order.

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