Ronald Alexander, ex-DPS principal who appeared on Ellen Show, sentenced to 1 year in prison

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Ronald Alexander, the ex-DPS principal who appeared on the Ellen Show, was sentenced to one year in prison in a kickback scandal that embroiled many administrators in the district. 

The judge also sentenced him to two years of supervised release. 

Alexander is the former principal of Spain Elementary and Middle School. He is accused of stealing $23,000 from the district. You may recognize his name from his appearance on The Ellen Show where he talked about the school's needs. It led to an outpouring of support and hundreds-of-thousands of dollars in donations to the elementary and middle school.

Other former principals in Detroit Public Schools were also sentenced today in connection with the scheme. 

Gerlma Johnson, a former principal of Drew Academy & Earheart Elementary-Middle School, was sentenced to one year in federal prison and two years supervised released. She is accused of writing fake invoices for nearly $23,000 in kickbacks. 

An ex-principal of Osborn High School, Tanya Bowman, received nine months in federal prison and two years supervised release for her role in the scandal. She was accused of writing fake invoices for nearly $12,500 in kickbacks. 

On Wednesday, Ronnie Sims, the former principal of Fleming Elementary was sentenced to 15-months in prison.

Earlier this week-- Norman Shy-- who police say was the mastermind behind the $2.7 million scheme was sentenced to up to 5-years behind bars. 

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