Feds accuse former Houston ISD chief of taking kickbacks from contractor

The February raid on Houston ISD headquarters and the home of the district’s then-chief operating officer stemmed from allegations that the high-ranking administrator engaged in a kickback scheme with a district contractor, newly filed court records show.

In a civil forfeiture complaint filed by an assistant U.S. attorney Thursday, federal investigators allege former chief operating officer Brian Busby conspired to pay an unnamed contractor for work performed by district employees in exchange for kickbacks. Federal agents seized $90,150 in cash from Busby’s home in February, as well as $95,874 in cash from the home and vehicle of the contractor, according to the filing.

Busby has not been charged with a crime, though federal officials wrote in the filing that the seized money is traceable to “the proceeds of federal programs theft and wire fraud.”

Busby did not respond Monday to a voicemail or message sent via Twitter. Court records do

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