- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A Philadelphia school official has been charged with steering a $900,000 contract related to school closures to her family and friends.

Prosecutors say Priscilla Wright had them hired when the school district needed to move property out of 23 shuttered schools.

A grand jury report says Wright persuaded a moving company to apply for the work and then had her relatives hired as subcontractors.

Authorities say Wright worked as the manager of small business development. They say the relatives hired included her sister, daughter and nephew.

District Attorney Seth Williams says Wright was arrested Wednesday. It’s not clear if she has a lawyer.

A phone number listed for her is no longer working.


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