Ypsilanti principal among those accused of fraud at DPS

Mar 30, 2016

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The principal of Ypsilanti Community High School is among those facing federal charges for corruption in Detroit Public Schools.

Tanya Bowman is one of 13 current and former DPS employees accused of defrauding the district in an alleged bribery and kickback scheme.

Bowman started working in Ypsilanti last summer.

Before that, she served as principal at Osborn Collegiate Academy of Mathematics, Science and Technology in Detroit. She's accused of accepting $12,500 in kickbacks during that time.

In a statement, the superintendent of Ypsilanti Community Schools, Benjamin Edmondson, says the charges were "a complete surprise."

"Rest assured that we are doing all that we can to maintain a normal learning environment at the high school and to secure administrative coverage," he said.

Edmondson says the district immediately placed Bowman on administrative leave upon learning about the charges.

If convicted, Bowman could get up to five years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines.