Trio found guilty in bribery scheme involving charter school

A federal jury found three defendants guilty on Tuesday in a bribery and kickback scheme at a now-defunct Ohio charter school.

Government prosecutors had charged that two board members, the superintendent and an outside contractor for Arise! Academy in Dayton had shared nearly $500,000 and other perks as part of the scam.

Testimony in the two-week trial ended on Friday in U.S. District Court in Columbus. The jury began deliberating on Monday.

Shane K. Floyd, 42, the school’s superintendent and chief operating officer and a resident of Strongsville, near Cleveland, and board member Christopher D. Martin, 44, of Springfield, were found guilty of bribery, conspiracy to illegally use federal money and lying to the FBI.

Consultant Carl L. Robinson, 47, of Durham, N.C., was found guilty of bribery and conspiracy to illegal use of federal money.

A fourth defendant, board member Kristal N. Screven, 39, of Dayton, pleaded guilty to the conspiracy charge on May 8.

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