Published Online: May 31, 2016
Published in Print: June 1, 2016, as Federal Authorities Uncover Alleged Tutoring Scam

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Federal Authorities Uncover Alleged Tutoring Scam

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A former Detroit public schools administrator allegedly bilked the financially strapped district out of nearly $1.3 million by submitting fraudulent invoices for tutoring services, according to federal law-enforcement officials.

As the district's director of grant development, Carolyn Starkey Darden, 69, was in charge of establishing supplemental educational services for eligible students.

Darden is just the latest Detroit schools administrator facing criminal charges. At least 10 administrators, mostly principals, have pleaded guilty to felony charges for their roles in a $2.7 million bribery and kickback scheme.

Vol. 35, Issue 32, Page 5

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