DETROIT (AP) — A 74-year-old businessman charged in connection with kickback schemes involving a dozen Detroit Public Schools principals and an administrator is due in federal court.

Norman Shy’s arraignment and plea hearing are scheduled Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Detroit.

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Shy, of Franklin in suburban Detroit, is charged with conspiracy to commit bribery and tax evasion. His company is accused of receiving $2.7 million from the district.

Federal authorities say the bribery and kickback scheme started as early as 2002. They say fraudulent invoices were submitted by school district employees for chairs, paper and other supplies.

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A number of principals already have struck deals with the government and pleaded guilty in the case.

 

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