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.