The law firm of Amsterdam & Partners LLP has reached out to state officials, including a governor, attorneys general and speakers of the house, representing 25 states and the District of Columbia, reporting on the results of their investigation published in the book Empire of Deceit, and calling for fresh investigation into the alleged misconduct of the charter schools connected to Fethullah Gülen.
The emails to state officials were noted in a report by the International Business Times. Excerpts of that article are below:
In the emails, the firm charged that Gulen “surreptitiously oversees a nationwide network of nearly 200 charter schools” that has misused at least $243 million in taxpayer funds, obtained 6,500 H-1B visas it has used to import unqualified Turkish teachers, and manipulated “state mandated testing, grades and attendance figures.” (…)
The emails, which were filed with the Justice Department under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), were written by attorney John C. Martin and seemed to be form letters with details changed to reflect differences between the states.
“I wanted to reach out to you regarding recent troubling discoveries in [state] charter schools,” the emails said. “In [state], there are a network of charter schools where there have been serious allegations of, or highly suspected activities of financial mismanagement, suspected fraud, apparent self-dealing, discrimination and unusual immigration/visa practices.”
The emails concluded with a request for a meeting. “Would you be available for a call and/or in person meeting to discuss this pressing issue further?” Martin asked.
Turkey hired Amsterdam & Partners to investigate the Gulen charter school network in 2015, the year before the attempted coup.
“The activities of the Gulen network, including its penetration of the Turkish judiciary and police, as well as its political lobbying abroad, should concern everyone who cares about the future of democracy in Turkey,” Robert Amsterdam, the firm’s founder, said during an October 2015 press conference announcing the partnership between his firm and the Turkish government.
Read the full article in International Business Times here.