With all the district is going thru lately, you hate to read stories like this!
According to WDIV, thirteen former or current principals within the Detroit Public Schools (DPS) district face federal conspiracy and bribery charges in an alleged scheme to receive kickbacks from a school supplies vendor.
The principals are accused of conspiring with the vendor to give them payments — through DPS funding — in exchange for kickbacks. According to the federal complaints, those payments were valued at more than $5,000.
The school officials are accused of submitting fraudulent invoices to DPS for payments to the vendor for supplies which never were received. This was all done in exchange for kickback payments from the vendor, according to federal complaints.
U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade plans to announce more details during a news conference at 1 p.m. Tuesday.
View all of the federal complaints here:
- U.S. v. Ronald Alexander
- U.S. v. Tanya Bowman
- U.S. v. Josette Buendia
- U.S. v. Beverly Campbell
- U.S. v. Nina Graves-Hicks
- U.S. v. James Hearn
- U.S. v. Gerlma Johnson
- U.S. v. Stanley Johnson
- U.S. v. Tia’Von Moore-Patton
- U.S. v. Willye Pearsall
- U.S. v. Norman Shy and Clara Flowers
- U.S. v. Ronnie Sims
- U.S. v. Clara Smith
In the complaints, Norman Shy is named as the owner of Allstate Sales, a company which was included on DPS’ approved vendor list. Allstate sold and provided school supplies such as auditorium chairs, supplemental teachers materials and raised line paper.
Shy faces conspiracy, bribery and tax evasion charges.
Defendant Clara Flowers, who worked as principal at Henderson Academy and as assistant superintendent at DPS’ Office of Specialized Student Services, also faces a tax evasion charge in addition to conspiracy and bribery charges.
The rest of the defendants all face conspiracy and bribery charges.
Among the defendants is Spain Elementary-Middle School principal Ronald Alexander. His school was showcased on The Ellen Show when Ellen surprised him with a $500,000 donation.
What are your thoughts?