- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

CINCINNATI (AP) - An Ohio charter school superintendent and its board chairman were convicted of taking bribes from an education consultant in exchange for an unbid contract at a time when teachers were taking pay cuts.

Prosecutors said Shane K. Floyd, 42, of Strongsville; Christopher D. Martin, 44, of Springfield; and Carl L. Robinson, 47, of Durham, North Carolina, each face up to 10 years in prison for federal programs bribery and up to five years each for conspiracy. Floyd and Martin were also each convicted of making false statements to the FBI, a count that carries up to five years.

The federal government is also seeking nearly $421,000 in forfeitures in the corruption case tied to the former Arise Academy school in Dayton. Prosecutors said Arise paid Global Educational Consultants that amount for a consulting contract in 2008 when the school was unable to pay other vendors.

U.S. District Judge Algenon Marbley in Columbus will schedule sentencing after receiving results of a presentencing investigation, a court deputy said Wednesday.

Authorities said in exchange for the contract, Floyd and Martin got cash and other benefits such as Martin’s all-expenses-paid trip to Las Vegas.

Floyd was the superintendent, Martin was board chairman and Robinson ran the Global Educational Consultants business, prosecutors said.

The jury returned its verdicts Tuesday. The three men’s attorneys didn’t immediately return messages for comment.

Another board official for the school, Kristal Screven, pleaded guilty earlier to a conspiracy count. Her attorney, Anthony VanNoy, said she faces up to five years, but he’s hopeful she’ll be able to avoid prison time. He blamed “a misunderstanding of fiduciary responsibility” in her case and said she has apologized.

“I believe that Kristal had the best intentions to help the school and the kids,” VanNoy said Wednesday.

The school, which aimed to serve at-risk high school students, was plagued by financial issues and closed in 2010. The indictment last year said the school received at least $10,000 a year in federal funding through the state. It also stated that Robinson and Floyd previously formed another business together.

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Associated Press writer Kantele Franko contributed in Columbus.

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