A Florida judge has sentenced an Ohio charter school magnate to 20 years in jail and $5 million in fines for defrauding the Sunshine State's public school system.

A jury in Escambia County, Fla., had convicted Marcus May, 56, of Akron, last month on racketeering and fraud charges. Prosecutors linked public money May gave to a vendor in Ohio to his personal finances, not the financially struggling Florida charter schools that should have received the funding.

The interstate operation has caught the attention of Ohio law enforcement. Auditor Dave Yost, who was elected attorney general last week, announced earlier this year that a task force of forensic accountants and prosecutors is looking into May’s dealings in Ohio, which the Beacon Journal/Ohio.com first reported on in 2016.

May’s 16-day jury trial ended in October. He was sentenced Tuesday.

During the trial, Assistant State Attorney Russell Edgar noted that May’s net worth increased from $200,000 in 2010 to $8.9 million in 2015, according to the Pensacola News Journal. In those five years, a Beacon Journal investigation of court records, business invoices and interviews with May’s current and former employees uncovered at least $1 million in similarly inflated payments to vendors. Prosecutors also linked property purchases for Ohio charter schools to the money bilked in Florida.

May had been charged with the white collar crimes alongside one of his vendors and a longtime associate, Steven Kunkemoeller. The Cincinnati businessman used multiple companies to supply May's schools in Ohio and Florida with computers and furniture. May told his building principals to order equipment exclusively from Kunkemoeller, who funneled some of the money back to May in what Florida investigators have called "kickbacks."

Prosecutors tracked the state tax dollars through multiple bank accounts, ultimately concluding that May had siphoned about $1 million from public coffers to pay for water jet skis, a mortgage on a waterfront mansion, exotic trips around the globe and even a family member's plastic surgery.

May founded Midwest Education Partners in Florida. He used Newpoint Education to run his Florida schools. In Ohio, he created a subsidiary called Cambridge Education to manage a network of Ohio charter schools that formed when 10 charter schools fired White Hat Management, where May was a former executive.

The board of directors for some of the Cambridge charter schools that are still open, including dropout-recovery high schools in Akron and Cleveland, have since contracted Oakmont Education LLC, whose operator has said the schools have severed all ties to May.