Bribery charges against DPS principals

Posted at 10:29 AM, Mar 29, 2016

U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade, the FBI and the IRS announced bribery charges against several current and former Detroit Public Schools principals, an administrator and a school supplies vendor. 

Many of the criminal complaints allege the defendants received thousands of dollars worth of kickback payments in dealings with the school supply vendor known as Allstate Sales. 

According to the criminal complaints, the principals approved fraudulent invoices from the vendor in order to receive payment from DPS for supplies that were ordered. The vendor reportedly provided cash, checks or gift cards to the principals in many cases as kickbacks, instead of delivering the full amount of supplies that were ordered. 

The kickback payments for all of the defendants total more than $800,000. US Attorney Barbara McQuade said in a press conference that DPS suffered a loss of $2.7 million in the scheme. 

View the Criminal Complaints Below: 

Ronald Alexander Felony Complaint

Shy Flowers Felony Complaint

Tanya Bowman Felony Complaint

Beverly Campbell Criminal Complaint

James Hearn Felony Complaint

Josette Buendia Felony Complaint

Gerl Ma Johnson Felony Complaint

Stanley Johnson Felony Complaint

Tia Von Moore Patton Felony Complaint

Clara Smith Felony Complaint

Willye Pearsall Felony Complaint

Ronnie Sims Felony Complaint