A dozen current and former Detroit public school principals, an assistant superintendent, and a well-connected school vendor are facing federal charges for their alleged roles in a bribery and kickback scheme.
The owner of the school supply company Allstate Sales is charged with paying $908,500 in kickbacks to at least a dozen principals who used him as a vendor. The principals certified and submitted phony invoices for school supplies to the assistant superintendent, who steered close to $3 million in business to Allstate Sales, U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade said. The supplies and materials were rarely delivered, she said.
The charges come at a critical time for the Detroit district, as state lawmakers mull bailing out the financially strapped district.
A version of this article appeared in the April 13, 2016 edition of Education Week as Detroit Educators Charged In Kickback Scheme