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April 6, 2013 at 5:33 PM

Former Seattle Schools official Silas Potter Jr. jailed

Silas Potter Jr., the former Seattle Public Schools official accused of using his position to steal from the district, was arrested today and booked into King County Jail.

A warrant had been issued for Potter’s arrest this week after he failed to show up to a hearing in King County Superior Court.

Potter, 60, is the former director of the school district’s small-business program, which had been set up to help women and minority-owned businesses win more public contracts. He is accused in a 42-count court complaint of running a scheme that bilked the school district out of $250,000 by awarding contracts to firms that did little or no work. Potter and two others are accused of pocketing some of that money. He was arrested in Florida in Nov. 2011 and returned to Seattle to face charges.

A 2011 state audit and a report for the school district found Potter oversaw spending of $1.8 million in questionable contracts.

Ian Goodhew, deputy chief of staff for the King County Prosecutor’s office, said it was not clear how Potter came to be arrested. Jail records indicate he was booked this afternoon on a $100,000 warrant related to the schools case, and a $600 warrant out of Kent for driving with a suspended license.

Potter will remain in jail until a court hearing on the warrant can be held Monday, Goodhew said. His case is scheduled to go to trial next month.

Messages left for Potter’s attorney were not immediately returned.

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