Former Pontiac Schools Asst. Superintendent indicted

Jumanne Sledge charged with taking funds, money laundering

Published On: Mar 06 2012 12:09:46 PM EST   Updated On: Mar 06 2012 05:21:46 PM EST
LANSING -

A former administrator at suburban Detroit's Pontiac school district is charged with fraud in the theft of $236,000 in school funds and money laundering.

The U.S. attorney's office in Detroit says 40-year-old Jumanne Sledge of Bloomfield Hills was indicted Tuesday.
Sledge worked as an assistant superintendent for Pontiac Public Schools.
Authorities say a district employee was directed in 2010 to write a vendor check payable to "Leadership Academy." They say the check went into an account controlled by Sledge, and about $200,000 later went into another account and went to pay personal expenses.

If convicted, Sledge faces a maximum of ten years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 on the program fraud count and up to twenty years and a fine of up to $250,000 on the money laundering count. The Indictment also seeks forfeiture of more than $236,000.

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Sledge resigned last year from his position in Pontiac and went to the Inkster Public Schools, where he was hired as deputy superintendent.

In a statement, Inkster Public Schools said Sledge voluntarily resigned on Monday.