2009-10-29 / Features

Former Pa. Charter School CEO Gets 3 Years In Jail

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A former Philadelphia police detective will spend three years in prison for stealing nearly $1 million from a charter school he headed.

Former Philadelphia Academy Charter School CEO Kevin O’Shea pleaded guilty in July to taking about $900,000 in kickbacks, home repairs and other payments on top of his $200,000- a-year salary.

Another former police detective who served as the head of the school’s board has also pleaded guilty in the scheme. Rosemary DiLacqua admitted to taking $34,000 in payments from O’Shea and another administrator in return for granting them raises and lucrative contracts. She is awaiting sentencing.

The third participant in the scheme, Philadelphia Academy Charter School founder Brien Gardiner, killed himself during the federal investigation.

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