Former maintenance director in Texas district accused of taking bribes

July 20, 2012
Bernie Morin worked for the Northside Independent District in San Antonio

From The San Antonio Express-News: A former official with the Northside Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas, and a contractor have been indicted in connection with a $25,000 bribery scheme. Bernie Morin, 59, was the district's maintenance and operations director before being put on administrative leave in May 2011. He resigned shortly thereafter. According to prosecutors, Morin accepted the $25,000 over a nine-month period in 2010 and 2011 from Adan Flores, owner of Datech Services Inc. Datech was paid $206,000 by the district for workplace safety training and equipment.

JANUARY 2012...from The San Antonio Express-News: The Bexar County, Texas, district attorney's office is investigating the former maintenance and operations director for the Northside Independent School District in San Antonioabout potential misconduct with vendors who contracted with the district. Bernie Morin Jr., 57, was placed on administrative leave in May after an internal audit found he had become too cozy with vendors and failed to follow purchasing procedures. Morin, who had been hired as director by the district in 2001, resigned a week and a half later. MAY 2011....from The San Antonio Express-News: The director of maintenance and operations in the Northside (Texas) Independent School Districthas resigned after irregularities arose in an internal audit of his department. Bernie Morin, had been placed on leave last week. Morin had worked for Northside, based in San Antonio, since 2001 and oversaw a department with about 1,000 employees. The district would not elaborate on the nature of the irregularities.

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