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Ex-Broward school administrator charged with taking bribe

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A former South Florida school official is facing charged that he took bribes to direct a $17 million electronics contract to a Georgia company while bypassing the normal bidding process.

A statewide grand jury charged former Broward County schools administrator Tony Hunter with bid tampering and receiving unlawful compensation.

Officials say Hunter accepted a job and a large discount on a lakefront home in exchange for directing the purchase to a company, Education Consultants, in 2019.

A newspaper investigation showed another school district paid about half for similar equipment.  Hunter’s attorney denied wrongdoing.

“Let this be a lesson to anyone attempting to abuse the public trust; all public servants can and will be held accountable for their unlawful actions,” Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody said in a statement.

The Broward schools declined to comment.