Plea expected in Philly charter school kickbacks

July 21, 2009 7:01:18 AM PDT
The former board president of a Philadelphia charter school who's accused of taking kickbacks is scheduled to plead guilty in federal court, a day after a co-defendant also pleaded guilty.

She is 51-year-old Rosemary DiLacqua, who ran the board of the Philadelphia Academy Charter School. Until recently, she was a Philadelphia police detective.

DiLacqua is expected to plead guilty Tuesday. Prosecutors say she secretly took $34,000 from two men whom she awarded raises and lucrative consulting contracts.

One of those men is 50-year-old Kevin O'Shea, who pleaded guilty Monday. He admitted to bilking the school out of between $400,000 and $1 million.

The other man is Brien Gardiner, another school official who killed himself during the federal investigation.