Friday, February 24, 2006

Ex-DCPS official facing bribery and conspiracy charges

Lorelle Dance, a former business manager with the District Schools, has been indicted in federal court on bribery and conspiracy charges stemming from allegations that Ms. Dance received payments for giving preferential treatment to certain businesses when issuing contracts.
According to the indictment, Miss Dance, who left the school system in 2003, steered work to two Maryland firms owned by former contractor Charles Wiggins, in exchange for tens of thousands of dollars, including monthly mortgage payments for her house.

One of the firms was a shell company called Motts Sales and Services. Investigators said the company was created solely to funnel money from the school system to Miss Dance and another unnamed individual.

Miss Dance used her government-issued purchasing card to sign off on more than $300,000 to Wiggins Telecommunications Inc., of Temple Hills, and more than $60,000 to Motts Sales and Services, prosecutors said.

In exchange, Wiggins paid Miss Dance nearly $40,000 from 2001 to 2003, charging documents show.
Wiggins pleaded guilty to similar charges in January, and the unnamed individual is thought to be a school principal.

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