Former DPS official due in court for plea hearing

One of the Detroit Public School leaders accused of pocketing money in a kickback scheme with a district vendor is expected to appear in federal court Tuesday afternoon.

Prosecutors say 67-year-old Clara Flowers used over $300,000 meant for the district for personal expenses.

It's alleged that Flowers even had the vendor at the center of the scandal, Norman Shy, pay for a new roof on her home.

Flowers recently retired from her role as assistant superintendent of DPS's Office of Specialized Student Services.

Her hearing is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday. She's expected to take a plea deal.

She's one of more than a dozen principals accused of taking money for school supplies that were never delivered. Most of them are alsp expected to accept plea deals in hopes of a lighter sentence.

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