Former Skiatook school Superintendent Gary Johnson has paid full restitution of $207,590.01 owed in a bribery scandal that tarnished the district.
U.S. Attorney Trent Shores announced Wednesday that his office and the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office had collected full restitution.
“The restitution collected from Gary Johnson was owed for the losses his corruption inflicted on the Skiatook Public Schools,” Shores said in a news release.
Johnson was convicted of conspiring to defraud the United States by hiding income he received from bribes and kickbacks, Shores said.
A state investigative audit report dated Feb. 22, 2010, revealed that over a 66-month period, the school had overpaid $570,000 for custodial supplies and security equipment, spending, for example, about $60 for trash cans that should have cost $8.
Facing a community that demanded action, the school’s Board of Education three months later voted to accept then-superintendent Johnson’s resignation and remove his name from the school’s activity center.
The suspicions were borne out in a grand jury investigation, which revealed that Johnson was in cahoots with Oklahoma City businessman Rick Enos. Both were convicted of state and federal bribery counts and served federal prison terms.
Shores added, “From 2004 to 2010, at a time when public schools were forced to count every dollar, Gary Johnson failed to perform the fiduciary duties he owed the citizens and patrons of the Skiatook schools.
“For his personal benefit, he approved grossly inflated invoices for the procurement of basic supplies, equipment and services.”
Evidence and documents submitted during the prosecution show Johnson approved the payments of invoices at prices that were as much as 400 percent inflated above the fair market value.
In exchange, “Johnson corruptly accepted things of value, including cash, tickets to college football games, and the costs for travel, food, lodging, and entertainment,” Shores said.
Shores and Assistant U.S. Attorney Joe Wilson prosecuted the case.