- Associated Press - Monday, April 11, 2016

DETROIT (AP) - A retired Detroit Public Schools administrator has been arraigned on conspiracy to commit bribery and income tax evasion charges.

Clara Flowers was released on bond following Monday’s appearance in federal court in Detroit.

A dozen current and former principals and a vendor also were charged last month after fraudulent invoices were submitted for chairs, paper and other supplies in the financially-struggling district.

Defense attorney Frank Eaman says the 61-year-old Flowers cooperated with authorities during the investigation. A plea hearing had been scheduled for Tuesday.

Flowers was an assistant superintendent in specialized student services until retiring this month.

Five principals resigned before the investigation or due to the investigation. Current employees charged were placed on unpaid leave.

A plea hearing was scheduled in May for the vendor, Norman Shy.

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