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Ex-principal may get lower sentence for aiding probe

Jennifer Chambers
The Detroit News

A former Detroit high school principal who pleaded guilty to felony charges for her role in a kickback scheme in the state-run Education Achievement Authority may get less prison time when she is sentenced next week for providing “substantial assistance” to federal investigators.

Kenyetta Wilbourn Snapp, a former principal of Mumford and Denby high schools in the EAA, faces a possible sentence of 37-46 months in federal prison for a conviction on felony charges of bribery conspiracy and federal income tax evasion.

Snapp is accused of taking school money to enrich herself using EAA contractors.

Federal prosecutors are recommending a sentence of only 20 months after Snapp cooperated with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in its wide-ranging corruption investigation of the EAA.

In a brief filed Tuesday with U.S. District Judge David Lawson, Assistant U.S. Attorney Frances Lee Carlson said Snapp provided “substantial assistance in the investigation and prosecution of others.”

The probation department, in a separate recommendation, had urged a sentence of 46-57 months. Snapp is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday.

Lawson will decide whether to accept the recommendation, deny it and allow the plea agreement to stand, or sentence Snapp to a different prison term.

The judge has ordered Snapp to pay $58,500 in restitution to the EAA and $26,233 to the Internal Revenue Service.

In December, a federal grand jury in Detroit indicted Snapp and two former EAA contractors several weeks after the FBI subpoenaed personnel files and bank records or email account information for more than a dozen current and former EAA officials.

In March, the U.S. Attorney’s Office also charged 13 former and current Detroit Public School principals and one school supplies vendor in a public corruption cases that deprived DPS students of $2.7 million.

On Monday, a former DPS administrator and tutoring vendor was charged in a $1.275 million fraud case.

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