TIPP CITY — According to court documents, the superintendent of the Tipp City Exempted Village Schools approached police with concerns regarding irregularities involving high school Athletic Director Matt Shomper.
The search warrants, which were executed Fed. 12, were unsealed March 16 by a Miami County Municipal Court judge.
The irregularities included allegations of earning $55,000 in mileage reimbursements, hiring family members, and using a company Shomper owns to coordinate a trip for students to New York City, according to an affidavit used to secure search warrants.
The warrants were obtained to search Shomper’s residence, car, and the Tippecanoe High School Athletic Department.
The affidavit, signed by Detective Sgt. Chris Graham of the Tipp City Police Department, states that Superintendent Gretta Kumpf met with police to discuss “several main issues” on Sept. 28.
These issues concern an allegedly fraudulent invoice for $1,025 from a motor coach company to the district and allegations that Shomper did not utilize “widely used counting measures at the gates of sporting events.”
Graham wrote in the affidavit that a subsequent investigation pointed to possible theft in office, tampering with records, having an unlawful interest in a public contract, soliciting or accepting improper compensation, and representation by present or former public official or employee prohibited.
No charges have been filed in the investigation at this time.
The investigation also involved the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations, the Ohio Ethics Commission and the State Auditor’s office, all responsible for looking into different aspects of the case.
Search warrant inventories include several cell phones and computers, documents, OHSAA ticket reports, and a binder of documents for the travel company owned by Shomper.
Reach Cecilia Fox at [email protected] or at (937) 903-8400.