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Ex-Dallas school official faces kickback charges

Posted at 9:41 PM, Jun 03, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-03 17:50:27-04

DALLAS (AP) — The former Dallas school district chief of staff has been indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly receiving at least $60,000 in kickbacks connected to a contract awarded while he was working for Atlanta Public Schools.

Jerome Oberlton resigned his position as Dallas Superintendent Mike Miles' top lieutenant last week after informing Miles of the investigation.

The Dallas Morning News ( reported that Oberlton was charged in a seven-count indictment unsealed Monday. The newspaper said the charges are conspiracy, conspiracy under color of official right, money laundering conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud and bribery.

A call to Oberlton by The Associated Press wasn't immediately returned.

Oberlton joined the Dallas school district in January. He served as chief information officer for Atlanta schools from 2004 to 2007.