Ex head Of Chicago Schools Pleads Guilty In Receiving Kickbacks

Ex head Of Chicago Schools Pleads Guilty In Receiving Kickbacks

The former head of the nation’s 3rd largest school district has pleaded guilty to a fraud charge in an alleged scheme to steer $23 million in no-bid contracts to education firms for $2.3 million in bribes and kickbacks.

Barbara Byrd-Bennett entered her guilty plea Tuesday in federal court.

Ex head Of Chicago Schools Pleads Guilty In Receiving Kickbacks
Ex head Of Chicago Schools Pleads Guilty In Receiving Kickbacks

The 66-year-old faced 20 fraud counts, each with a maximum 20-year prison term. But under the plea agreement, she pleaded guilty to one fraud count. All others will be dismissed.

Federal prosecutors are seeking a sentence of 7 1/2 years in prison for the former Chicago Public Schools CEO. U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang will sentence her at a later date.

Ex head Of Chicago Schools Pleads Guilty In Receiving Kickbacks
Ex head Of Chicago Schools Pleads Guilty In Receiving Kickbacks

Mayor Rahm Emanuel hired Byrd-Bennett as CEO in 2012. She resigned earlier this year. Two education company executives were also indicted.

Ex head Of Chicago Schools Pleads Guilty In Receiving Kickbacks
Ex head Of Chicago Schools Pleads Guilty In Receiving Kickbacks
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