Former Prince George’s County, Md., schools Superintendent Andre J. Hornsby was sentenced Nov. 25 to six years of prison time in a federal corruption case that involved steering educational technology contracts to his district in return for personal kickbacks, reports the Baltimore Sun.?"I’m totally embarrassed by what situation I’ve put myself into," Hornsby told U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messite. "I understand the seriousness of my actions. … This has taken a toll on myself, my family, my friends, and my colleagues."?Messite also ordered Hornsby to serve three years of supervised release after he leaves prison and pay a $20,000 fine and $70,000 in restitution to the Prince George’s schools. The FBI launched an investigation of Hornsby’s activities in the fall of 2004 after the Sun reported that he had presided over a $1 million purchase of early-literacy technology from LeapFrog SchoolHouse without disclosing that his live-in girlfriend, Sienna Owens, was a saleswoman for the company.?In July, after four years of investigations and two trials, the 55-year-old Hornsby was convicted of three counts of wire fraud and one count each of evidence tampering, witness tampering, and obstruction of justice. Investigators concluded that he illegally steered contracts not only to LeapFrog but to E-Rate Manager, a shell company run by Hornsby’s business partner, Cynthia Joffrion.?Hornsby covertly arranged to get thousands of dollars from the proceeds of the lucrative contracts he helped push through for both companies, according to the indictment.?Prosecutors said Hornsby also ordered school employees to destroy eMail messages that might have implicated him. One employee kept a copy of the eMail backup tapes, giving prosecutors a timeline for the deals…

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