Feds: Detroit paid $1.2M for tutoring that wasn’t provided

DETROIT (AP) – Prosecutors have filed more charges in an investigation of Detroit school corruption, accusing a former official of obtaining more than $1.2 million for tutoring services that were never provided.

A charge filed Monday says Carolyn Starkey Darden submitted fraudulent invoices over seven years. The court document says the scheme began in 2005 after Darden left Detroit Public Schools. She worked at the district for 37 years and was director of grant development.

The charge was filed in federal court as a “criminal information,” which typically leads to a guilty plea.

Darden’s attorney, Gerald Evelyn, wasn’t available to comment. The government has identified nearly $1 million in a variety of accounts linked to Darden.

Separately, a dozen Detroit principals and an administrator have been charged with taking kickbacks from a contractor.

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