PONTIAC, Mich., March 22 (UPI) -- A former Pontiac, Mich., school official charged with embezzling $236,000 bought a used Jaguar and leased a new Mercedes, an FBI affidavit says.
Jumanne Sledge, 40, of Bloomfield Hills, former associate superintendent in the district, is free on bond. The affidavit was filed in January to support a request for a warrant to search his home, The Detroit News reported.
Other spending detailed in the affidavit includes $4,000 on a short trip to Chicago and shopping at high-end stores. Sledge allegedly got a Pontiac employee in 2010 to cut a check for $236,000 to a "Leadership Academy" and then deposited the money in an account belonging to "World Class Leadership Academy," a company that lists him as resident agent.
The affidavit also said Sledge wrongly got Pontiac to pay his law school tuition and arranged a job for an unqualified friend.
Sledge was indicted earlier this month on charges that include money laundering and fraud.
Deborah Gordon is a lawyer representing Jonathan Brown, Pontiac's former interim superintendent, in a civil suit. Brown says he was terminated for trying to investigate fraud in Pontiac.
"It just makes your stomach drop. It's sickening, the abject impunity with which this guy went about spending money that should have gone to the most needy in our community -- children that need schooling," Gordon said. "To think my client lost his job because he was looking into all this."