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Former Milwaukee schools official accused in bribery scheme

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The former president of the Milwaukee Public Schools board of directors is accused in a bribery scheme involving a Pennsylvania company that operated several charter schools, including three in Milwaukee.

The Journal Sentinel reports that Michael Bonds was indicted in federal court in Philadelphia on Thursday on charges of bribery and conspiracy. He allegedly accepted kickbacks from executives of the Philadelphia-based Universal Companies, in return for votes that benefited the company from 2014 to 2016.

Two unnamed executives of the company were implicated in the scheme but not charged.

The complaint says executives used fake invoices to make payments totaling $6,000 to African-American Books and Gifts, a company purportedly created by Bonds.

Authorities say Bonds received “things of value,” but did not elaborate.

Court documents do not list an attorney for Bonds.

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