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December 9, 2011 at 1:34 PM

Suspect in schools scandal back in Seattle

Silas Potter Jr.

Silas Potter Jr., who was arrested in Florida last month in connection with the Seattle Public Schools theft case, is back in Seattle.

Potter, the central figure in the school-district financial scandal, was arrested on a warrant near Tampa after he failed to appear in King County Superior Court for arraignment on felony theft charges. He waived extradition during a hearing and was returned to Seattle.

Potter was booked last night into the King County Jail, where he is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail. An arraignment date in King County Superior Court has not been set.

Potter, 60, headed the school district’s small-business program from 2006 to 2010 before he moved to Tampa. He is charged with nine counts of first-degree theft in what prosecutors described as a scheme to bilk the district out of $250,000.

In charges filed Oct. 25, prosecutors accused Potter and two other defendants of using a Tacoma nonprofit and a Seattle janitorial company to bill the district for little or no work. Potter pocketed a portion of the payments, prosecutors said.

The two other defendants, David Johnson and Lorrie Sorensen, have pleaded not guilty to theft charges.

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