- Associated Press - Friday, April 14, 2017

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The superintendent of the Connecticut Technical High School system reportedly used taxpayer funds to pay for a never-used advertising campaign, custom framing of her college diplomas and a photo shoot, among other things.

Nivea Torres is on paid leave from her $169,000-a-year job while the state investigates more than $4.5 million in payments the system has made since 2014 to a marketing firm called The Pita Group.

The Hartford Courant reported Friday (https://cour.at/2pfRjWU ) that documents obtained in an open records request show Torres paid Pita about $42,000 to produce the unused advertising campaign; more than $3,400 for a photo shoot of students at the Ellis Technical School in Danielson and nearly $760 to frame four items, including her college diplomas.

Gregg Adler, Torres’ attorney, has said she did nothing wrong.

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