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Sat Apr 29, 2017, 01:13 PM

Former Chicago Public Schools chief sentenced for fraud

Source: Reuters

U.S. | Fri Apr 28, 2017 | 7:07pm EDT

Former Chicago Public Schools chief sentenced for fraud

By Timothy Mclaughlin | CHICAGO

A federal judge on Friday sentenced the former chief executive of the Chicago Public Schools to 4-1/2 years in prison for her role in a scheme to steer lucrative contracts to one of her previous employers in exchange for kickbacks and bribes, the Department of Justice said.

Barbara Byrd-Bennett was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang at a Chicago courthouse, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois said in a statement.

An attorney for Byrd-Bennett declined to comment.

"I'm ashamed and I'm sorry. I let down the students and their families. They deserved better," Byrd-Bennett said in court, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2012 appointed Byrd-Bennett, a veteran education reformer, to head the district after the first teachers' strike in Chicago in 25 years. The district serves around 400,000 students in more than 600 schools.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-chicago-education-fraud-idUSKBN17U31I

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