DETROIT (AP) – A corrupt businessman who sold supplies to the Detroit school district is returning to court for his sentence in a case that has snagged a dozen principals.
Investigators say bogus invoices were submitted for chairs, paper and other supplies, some of which were never delivered. In return, gift cards, cash and checks were given to school employees.
The government says the 74-year-old Shy paid about $900,000 in kickbacks. His business, Allstate Sales, received about $2.7 million from the district.
All but one of the principals has pleaded guilty. Flowers, 61 — who worked as a principal before she was promoted to Asst. Superintendent in Specialized Student Services — pleaded guilty to accepting $325,000 in cash, gift cards and personal services in the form of home repairs.
Principals in Detroit were responsible for ordering supplies and selecting vendors.
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