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Silas Potter Scheduled For Arraignment

Phyllis Fletcher
12/15/2011

The man at the center of a financial scheme in Seattle Public Schools is scheduled for arraignment this morning. Silas Potter is scheduled to appear in King County Superior Court on charges of theft. KUOW's Phyllis Fletcher reports.

TRANSCRIPT

The King County prosecutor charged Potter in October with stealing a quarter–million dollars from the school district. It was part of an alleged scheme uncovered by the Washington state auditor and exposed in February by The Seattle Times.

Potter allegedly funneled $1.8 million from the school district, to himself, friends, associates, small companies and nonprofits. The auditor says he did it by authorizing contracts for work that was not done, or did not benefit the district.

By the time the scheme was exposed, Potter had left the state. The Seattle Times found him living in Florida, and that's where he was when he was first supposed to appear in court last month.

Hours after Potter missed that court appointment, a sheriff's deputy near Tampa noticed a black Nissan that made a sudden turn away from him. The deputy also noticed he couldn't read the tabs on the car because of a plastic cover over the license plate. He pulled the driver over, and it was Silas Potter. The deputy ran Potter's name in his computer and saw he was wanted. He's been in custody ever since. He's been in King County jail for a week.

The County prosecutor says Potter stole from the district through a shell company, and that he did it with two accomplices. They appeared at their arraignment and pled not guilty.

Potter could face up to three and a half years in jail.

I'm Phyllis Fletcher, KUOW News.

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