Durham man indicted in Ohio charter school conspiracy

From staff reportsJune 25, 2014 

— A Durham man has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Ohio in a public corruption conspiracy involving a charter school in Dayton, Ohio.

Carl L. Robinson, 47, of Durham, was indicted along with three others on charges of conspiracy and aiding and abetting federal programs bribery. Robinson operated a business called Global Educational Consultants, the indictment said.

The federal indictment describes a scheme in which three managers of a charter school called Arise! Academy accepted bribes and kickbacks in exchange for awarding a lucrative, no-bid consulting contract to Robinson’s company.

The consulting business is registered in Ohio, but did not show up in a search of records of the N.C. Secretary of State’s office. A spokeswoman for the state Department of Public Instruction said there was no evidence the agency had dealt with Robinson in relation to charter schools in North Carolina.

The indictment said the federally funded Arise paid Global $420,919 over 12 months starting in October 2008, at a time when Arise had difficulty making payments to other vendors and staff. The school officials received cash, and one also received a trip to Las Vegas, the indictment said.

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