DETROIT (WWJ) – He made headlines in recent months fighting to keep State Review Board meetings open to the public.
But on Thursday, Highland Park School Board member Robert Davis was indicted by a federal grand jury in Detroit on charges of federal program theft, United States Attorney Barbara McQuade announced.READ MORE: What Is The Best Sunscreen For Me? Environmental Working Group Releases Annual Guide
The indictment charges that between 2004 and 2010, Davis obtained more than $125,000 from the Highland Park School District through two schemes in which he used so-called “cover companies” and false invoices to the district for payment.
McQuade said one scheme involved the submission of false invoices for purchases in excess of $380,000 for advertising on behalf of the school district. She said the other involved the submission of false invoices in excess of $49,000 for services and expenditures relating to a Saturday educational program for district students.
Davis allegedly concealed his involvement with the companies, whose names appeared on the invoices, and concealed the fact that he took a substantial portion of the payments for his own use.READ MORE: Parole Denied For Don Miller Who Killed 4 Women In Lansing In The 1970s
Davis has said he is “not guilty of the charges” and called the case politically motivated.
If found guilty of all counts, Davis faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
The case was investigated by the FBI led Public Corruption Task Force and the IRS.MORE NEWS: Michigan Court Seeks More From Whitmer About Abortion Ban Challenge
Highland Park schools currently face an $11.3 budget deficit while student enrollment continues to plummet, down 58 percent over the past five years.