DETROIT (AP) – A retired Detroit school official has pleaded guilty to accepting $325,000 in cash, gift cards and other favors from a contractor.
Clara Flowers was an assistant superintendent when she helped Norman Shy get business from the Detroit school district. She’s among 14 people, mostly school principals, charged with corruption.
Flowers pleaded guilty Tuesday, followed by a guilty plea from principal Tanya Bowman, who accepted $12,500 in gift cards.
Defense attorney Frank Eaman says Flowers is “profoundly sorry.” She could get five years or more in prison when she returns to court on Sept. 6.
Principals in Detroit were responsible for ordering supplies and selecting vendors. Prosecutors expect to get many guilty pleas this spring, including one from Shy.