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Principal Ronald Alexander is one of 13 Detroit administrators who’ve received federal charges for participating in a bribery scheme that dates back nearly 15 years.

Allegedly, Alexander and his colleagues were in cahoots with vendor Norman Shy. The schools were supposed to receive supplies from Shy but instead they falsified invoices and pocketed the money. The greed ranged from individuals stealing $4,000 up to $324,000.

Alexander pocketed $23,000 a mere month after being featured on The Ellen Degeneres show where the host gifted him with $500,000 towards his elementary and middle school, Charles L. Spain.

Here are additional details regarding the scheme via the Detroit Free Press.

The news of the corruption case comes at a critical time as the state grapples with fixing the finances of the struggling Detroit district, the largest school system in Michigan. DPS (Detroit Public Schools) have been under the control of a state-appointed emergency manager since 2009 and has accumulated an operating deficit of at least $515 million.

Prosecutors have said all involved are cooperating and are expected to reach plea agreements. Click here to read an extensive report with additional details about all of the parties involved in the scandal.

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