Three enter pleas in connection with school kickback scam

Friday, August 12th 2005, 6:43 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Two former Lawton school officials and a former sheriff's deputy have pleaded guilty to theft.

Former Lawton Deputy Superintendent Willie Lee Anderson, former district security coordinator Mark Edward McFarland and former Comanche County Sheriff's Deputy Edgardo Maldonado were charged in a kickback scam in which law officers were paid for security work they didn't perform.

Court records show Maldonado admitted receiving pay for work he didn't do, while Anderson and McFarland admitted to receiving a cut of the money for making sure the men were paid. All could face up to 10 years in prison and a 4250,000.00 fine.

Two other ex-law officers pleaded guilty Wednesday and two more have scheduled court hearings today.

Twenty people face criminal charges related to the scam.