Verkada Hosted Dinner and Drinks For Public School Superintendent

By Donald Maye and Carl Stoffers, Published Aug 29, 2022, 09:35am EDT (Info+)

Verkada invited senior officials from five NJ school districts to a 'fine dining' Italian restaurant earlier this year, after which the superintendent of one (Michael Fox) district thanked Verkada and endorsed the company to colleagues.

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This is the latest in a series of unethical activities IPVM has uncovered with Verkada (e.g., see Verkada Offers Public School Employees $100 for 15 Minute Calls and Verkada Illegal Gifts To Stop After IPVM Inquiry) in our ongoing investigation.

In this report, IPVM examines the May 31 gathering; the sales/endorsement activities of Demarest Superintendent of Schools Michael Fox following the dinner; and the potential legal and ethical implications when public officials accept gifts from companies.

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*** **** ** *** ******* (****** in **** *****) ******** *** ********* Verkada ** ***** *******:

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Superintendent, ******** ************* ******* *******

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Fox: ******* *** *******

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"** *** ***'* *** **, ***** it, ** ***** **, *** ***'* have **"

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"******* ****** ****** *** ****** *** Public ****** **************"

*** ** ** **** ***** ****?

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*** ****** **** ***** **** ******* (1) *** *** *** (*) **** competition. ******** ********* ** **** *** buying ******* ** ****** *** ****** buyers (********** ********** ****) ***** **** the ****** *** ***** *********** **** do *** ****** ** **** ********* practices.

*** **** ******* *** ** *** merits *****.

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