School Superintendent Accepts Bribes

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Cash and cuffsBLOG POST #9: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving the former Superintendent of a Public School District.

He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to receive bribes and kickbacks, receiving bribes and kickbacks in connection with federal program funds and embezzlement of federal funds. He was sentenced to two 76 month sentences and one 60 month sentence all served concurrently equating to a little over 6 years in federal prison. He was also sentenced to 3 years of supervised release and 300 hours of community service and ordered to pay restitution of $1,2 million.

According to reports, on behalf of the Public School District, the former superintendent influenced the school board to enter into contracts with the owner of a reading intervention company. The school district paid the company approximately $1.4 million, in turn the owner made payments to several of the former superintendent’s personal creditors and paid off his automobile loan, personal credit card balance, improvements to his home in addition to paying for his children’s college tuition. 

Paid off his automobile loan, personal credit card balance, improvements to his home in addition to paying for his children’s college tuition. 

At the time of this posting, the former superintendent was 58 and serving his 6 year sentence at a minimum security federal prison camp. Total inmates: 854. He’s scheduled to be released in 2019.

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-Robin

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