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Convicted former Cleveland, Chicago schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett allegedly steered $6.3 million contract to friends, inspector general report finds

Emily Bamforth, cleveland.com |

Former Cleveland and Chicago public schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett, still serving a sentence for a kickback scheme, was also allegedly involved in a plan to direct a $6 million contract to friends, according to a report from the inspector general.

Byrd-Bennett, who led the Cleveland Metropolitan School District from 1998 to 2006, is under house arrest after leaving prison to serve the rest of a four-and-a-half year sentence after pleading guilty for guiding $20 million in contracts to a former employer, in violation of school contract rules. She received kickbacks for steering those contracts.

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