charged with accepting bribes from companies that wanted to do business with Northside
The former Director of Maintenance at the Northside School District has been indicted on charges of shaking down companies that wanted to do business with the district for bribes, 1200 WOAI news reports.
Bernie Morin, 59, is charged with the felony of bribery, and the misdemeanor of gifts to a public servant.
The indictment claims that Morin 'solicited and obtained money from two individuals' who did business with the district.
The owner of one of the firms that allegedly paid bribes to Morin is also charged. Adan Flores, 76, is the owner of Datech, a firm providing OSHA and HR training to NISD employees, is charged with bribery and offering a gift to a public servant.
The indictment claims that Flores paid Morin $25,000 over a nine month period.
A second count alleges that Morin solicited and accepted a loan from a 'long time associate who worked as an employee of a company that did business with NISD.
The law prohibits public employees who have discretion over contracts and purchases from accepting anything of value from individuals who do or want to do business with the public agency.
In convicted, Morin faces a fine and 2-20 years in prison.