DETROIT, April 28 (UPI) -- A former Detroit Public Schools official and three other people have been indicted on federal bribery, fraud and related charges, authorities said Wednesday.
U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade said Stephen Hill, 58, a former chief of risk management for the school system, is accused of enriching himself, family members and friends to the tune of more than $3 million, the Detroit Free Press reported.
Also indicted were Christina Polk-Osumah, 59, who helped run Hill's risk management office; Detroit businesswoman Sherry Washington, 53; and her sister, Dr. Gwendolyn Washington, 66, of Southfield, the newspaper said.
The eight-count indictment accuses the defendants of various charges, including bribery, fraud, extortion and money laundering between 2005 and 2006.
The Free Press has previously reported authorities were investigating the alleged improper wire transfers totaling more than $57 million to a dozen vendors, including Associates for Learning.
"Stealing funds from a public school in these times is particularly egregious, as it threatens to rob our children of their futures and ultimately compounds future crime problems," McQuade said in a statement.
The school district is suing Hill and a dozen vendors in an effort to recoup the money it lost.