Wednesday, August 23, 2006
GET A KICK(BACK) OUT OF THEIR FRIENDS
Man! Here's another example of school fandango that more than likely is taking place somewhere in Nebraska, since it's going on all over the country:
The former superintendent of schools in Prince George's County, Md., was indicted by a federal grand jury Tuesday on charges that he steered lucrative school contracts to his friends in exchange for promised kickbacks of more than $100,000 in art, a yacht and other luxuries.
Andre J. Hornsby is accused of manipulating a school purchase of $1 million worth of materials from the software company, LeapFrog SchoolHouse, where his girlfriend worked as a saleswoman, then splitting the $20,000 commission with her.
He also is accused of insisting that a certain company associated with a personal friend be given a consulting contract to help get grants under the federal E-Rate technology program, and to conceal the alleged kickback, suggested the associate buy him lavish gifts instead of giving him money.
Hornsby's attorney said he is confident he will be acquitted, but the U.S. Attorney said he has lied to investigators, and told others to destroy evidence.
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