DETROIT (AP) — A contractor accused of paying kickbacks to get business from Detroit schools pleaded guilty Wednesday and said 12 principals and an administrator charged in the scheme conspired with him to get gift cards or cash.
The corruption probe has rocked the school district at a time when officials are pleading with Michigan lawmakers for a financial rescue to deal with a mountain of debt and years of declining enrollment.
"I paid school officials monies and other things of value for their assistance," Norman Shy, 74, told a judge in Detroit's federal court.
Shy must repay $2.7 million to the district and could face more than five years in prison when he returns to court Sept. 6.
As part of his plea, the suburban Detroit man agreed to cooperate with investigators.
"There may have been others," Shy replied when asked about other school officials.
"I don't recall."