Second Defendant in CPS Corruption Case Pleads Guilty
Thomas Vranas, a former co-owner of SUPES Academy, admitted in federal court Tuesday to one count of conspiracy to commit bribery. The plea deal comes with an agreement to cooperate with the U.S. Attorney's office.
Vranas was initially charged with 23 counts of fraud and bribery along with another SUPES Academy co-owner Gary Solomon and former schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett.
Byrd-Bennett agreed to a plea deal last year admitting to one charge. Solomon is still negotiating a deal, but currently faces a trial scheduled for October.
The trio were all accused in a kickbacks scheme to steer millions of dollars in CPS contracts to SUPES, a teacher training center and Byrd-Bennett's former employer.
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