Ex-EAA principal charged with conspiracy, bribery

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Ex-EAA principal charged with conspiracy, bribery.

DETROIT (AP) — A woman who served as principal at two struggling Detroit schools has been charged with taking bribes to hire a company to perform tutoring services. A federal indictment unsealed today says that from August-November 2014, Kenyetta (K.C.) Wilborn Snapp, the former principal of the EAA’s Denby and Mumford high schools, “conspired to commit bribery and money laundering,” according to a news release from U.S.A federal grand jury in Detroit has indicted a former Educational Achievement Authority principal and an after-school tutoring vendor on multiple charges, including conspiracy and bribery.

DETROIT (WXYZ) – A newly unsealed document reveals that three people involved with Detroit’s EAA school district were indicted on federal bribery and conspiracy charges this past July. Two more people were also indicted: Glynis Thornton, whose company, Making a Difference Everyday, provided after-school tutoring services to Denby and Mumford; and Paulette Horton, an independent contractor who worked with Thornton’s company. The indictment against ex-Mumford High School Principal Kenyetta Wilbourn Snapp and two contractors was filed in July but unsealed Thursday in federal court. It is the latest black eye for the struggling Education Achievement Authority and portrays Snapp, a once high-rising, Maserati-driving principal known for carrying a bat in school hallways, as pocketing more than $58,000 in kickbacks. “It is incredibly disheartening when school officials and vendors steal money that was intended to educate students, as these charges allege,” U.S. The indictment was unsealed while debate continues about Snyder’s plan to split the Detroit Public Schools district into two entities — one to improve academics and another to pay down $515 million in debt.

EAA leaders testified this week before the state Senate’s education committee, which has been holding a series of hearings this fall on Michigan’s academically failing schools. In recent months, the EAA was also beset with scandal after an FBI investigation uncovered suspected bribes and kickbacks to Snapp, the popular former Mumford principal who resigned last year. Gelios said the investigation showed that Wilbourn-Snapp and her associates took resources allocated to her by the State of Michigan to educate children and diverted funds for their own personal gain. “There can be no tolerance for this abuse of authority. Entrusted by the community to facilitate educational excellence in Detroit’s schools, those indicted betrayed that trust,” Gelios said. “The FBI, and our partners in this investigation, will always work diligently to bring to justice public officials who selfishly misuse their positions and place their own interests above those they were hired to serve.” Gov. In October the FBI and Justice Department subpoenaed personnel files and bank records or email account information for more than a dozen current and former EAA officials as part of a wide-ranging corruption investigation.

The 13-page indictment depicts the reform school district as a place where principals had wide latitude to hire vendors for services, including after-school tutoring. Federal agents also were interested in contracts with vendors who supplied education materials, student-to-student conflict resolution coaching and sporting goods, according to documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. Snapp allegedly failed to report more than $26,000 worth of income during 2012 while Horton is charged with failing to file individual tax returns for 2011.

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