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Atlanta tech director accepted kickbacks from contract deal

Jerome Oberlton, a former technology director for Atlanta Public Schools, was sentenced to three years and five months in a federal prison for accepting $60,000 in kickbacks in exchange for awarding a $780,000 contract, the Atlanta-Journal Constitution has reported. The contract, awarded to Computech, was for a data-warehousing project that would have centralized the school district’s network and improved access for employees. The district later paid another vendor $1.1 million to do the work. Oberlton was ordered to pay $735,130 in restitution to the district.


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