Thursday, November 27, 2008

Former Maryland School Superintendent Sentenced In Contract Funneling Scheme

Andre J. Hornsby, 55, the former superintendent of Maryland's Prince Georges County school system, was sentenced to 6 years in prison for fraud and kickbacks in a contract funneling scheme. He was also ordered to pay $90,000 in fines and restitution. Hornsby was originally indicted in August 2006 on 16 counts of mail fraud, wire fraud, witness and evidence tampering and obstruction of justice for allegedly steered educational software contracts to front companies controlled by an associate, Cynthia Joffrion, and his then-girlfriend, Sienna Owens. Six more fraud counts were added to the charges. In exchange for the contracts, Hornsby was to receive personal goods valued at at least $100,000, including a boat a truck and artwork, according to prosecutors. He was convicted on six of the 22 counts on July 23, 2008 after a jury had deliberated for about a week. Hornsby, formerly the Yonkers, New York school superintendent, was hired in 2003 by Prince Georges County.

View the video of Hornsby accepting a $1,000 kickback from Joffrion in a Bowie, Maryland hotel and agreeing to $100,000 in gifts.

Read the story here, here , here and here.

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