- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

DETROIT (AP) - A woman who retired from Detroit Public Schools after nearly 40 years has pleaded guilty to fraud in a scheme to reap nearly $1.3 million for tutoring services that weren’t provided.

Carolyn Starkey Darden told a judge Wednesday that she had served hundreds of students, but she also admitted to submitting “false and exaggerated” billings over seven years.

Federal agents trying to recover money have identified nearly $1 million in a variety of accounts linked to Darden.

Defense lawyer Gerald Evelyn says it’s a “sad conclusion” to Darden’s long career at the Detroit district. She retired in 2005 as director of grant development. She’ll be sentenced on Oct. 28.

Separately, a dozen former or current Detroit principals were charged with accepting kickbacks from a contractor. Most have admitted guilt.

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