Former school superintendent sentence to 2 years for bribery
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge says a former superintendent of a suburban Twins Cities school district must serve two years in prison for soliciting a bribe.
Fifty-three-year-old Rodney Thompson served as superintendent of Shakopee schools from 2011 to 2017. He’s accused of using his school-issued credit card to pay for personal travel, attend sporting events and concerts and buy an Xbox gaming system.
Prosecutors say he used his position of authority to solicit a construction company to renovate his home in exchange for school contracts.
Thompson allegedly swindled more than $70,000 from the district.
Thompson pleaded guilty in November to the federal charge of solicitation of a bribe. A day later, he pleaded guilty in Scott County District Court to 19 state felonies, including theft by swindle and embezzling public funds.