Ex-consultant pleads guilty in Atlanta school case - KMSP-TV

Ex-consultant pleads guilty in Atlanta school case

ATLANTA (AP) - A businessman has pleaded guilty to conspiring with a former chief information officer for Atlanta's public school system to accept bribes in exchange for steering a lucrative contract to an unnamed technology firm.

Mahendra Patel of Kennesaw pleaded guilty Friday in federal court. Prosecutors say he faces a maximum of 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Patel was indicted along with Jerome Oberlton, who served as CIO for Atlanta Public Schools from 2004 to 2007. Prosecutors allege Oberlton used his influence to award a $780,000 computer project to a Detroit-based firm in exchange for kickbacks.

Oberlton has pleaded not guilty, and a trial date hasn't been scheduled.

Shortly after he was indicted, Oberlton resigned from his position as chief of staff with the Dallas Independent School District.

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