Former Dayton charter school leaders guilty of bribery

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Three people were convicted Tuesday of bribery and taking kickbacks at a Dayton charter school.

Shane Floyd, 42, was superintendent of the Arise school. He and former board chairman, Christopher Martin, 44, were convicted of soliciting and accepting bribes from a North Carolina educational consulting business.

Global Educational Consultants’ Carl Robinson, 47, was also found guilty.

All three were convicted of conspiracy and bribery charges.

Court testimony established that Floyd and Martin accepted bribes from Robinson in exchange for awarding a lucrative consulting contract to Global.

Arise paid the firm $420,919 over 15 months starting in September 2008. Arise was in financial turmoil at the time, unable to pay vendors, and teacher salaries. Benefits were also cut.

The defendants face up to ten years in prison. They must also pay back the money.

Another former school board member, Kristal Screven admitted to bribery charges on May 8.

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