Michigan school official indicted on eRate bribery charge

A former superintendent of a school district in Michigan has been indicted on a conspiracy charge for allegedly accepting a bribe to award an internet services contract through the federal eRate program, CIO reports. On June 2, a grand jury in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan filed a conspiracy and an obstruction of justice charge against Bradley Hansen, superintendent of the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District from October 1993 to January 2003. Hansen was charged with conspiring with the owner of an unnamed ISP to sign a three-year internet service contract in exchange for receipt of $60,000 in free goods and services, including a "smart" home electrical system and appliances. The three-year contract, funded through the eRate program, was worth about $1.6 million, the Justice Department said…

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