- Associated Press - Sunday, December 4, 2016

DETROIT (AP) - The only Detroit school principal to turn down a plea deal is going to trial Monday on corruption charges.

Josette Buendia was one of 12 principals charged with accepting money and other gifts from contractor Norman Shy in exchange for business. The government says bogus invoices were submitted for paper and other supplies.

Buendia is accused of accepting more than $40,000 over 14 years. Her lawyer says she spent the money on her students at Bennett Elementary School, not herself.

Thirteen people have pleaded guilty, including Shy, the businessman. He was sentenced to five years in prison.

The scheme cost the Detroit district nearly $3 million.


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