King County prosecutors won't know until a Tuesday court hearing whether Silas Potter Jr. will waive extradition in Florida and be brought to Seattle to face criminal charges in the Seattle Public Schools financial scandal.
King County prosecutors won’t know until a Tuesday court hearing whether Silas Potter Jr. will waive extradition in Florida and be brought to Seattle to face criminal charges in the Seattle Public Schools financial scandal.
Potter, the central figure in the scandal, was arrested during a traffic stop near Tampa early Wednesday after he failed to appear in King County Superior Court on Tuesday for arraignment on felony theft charges.
Potter, 60, who was booked into jail, had been scheduled for a Thursday court hearing in Florida.
But the extradition issue won’t be taken up until Tuesday’s hearing, when prosecutors should get an indication on whether Potter plans to waive extradition, said Dan Donohoe, spokesman for the King County prosecutor.
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Potter headed the school district’s small-business program from 2006 to 2010 before he moved to Tampa. He is charged with nine counts of first-degree theft in what prosecutors described as a scheme to bilk the district out of $250,000.
In charges filed Oct. 25, prosecutors accused Potter and two other defendants of using a Tacoma nonprofit and a Seattle janitorial company to bill the district for little or no work. Potter pocketed a portion of the payments, prosecutors said.
The other defendants pleaded not guilty to theft charges during Tuesday’s arraignment hearing.
Donohoe earlier said if Potter were to agree to extradition he could be brought to Seattle in a matter of days. If not, he said, it could take about a month for the extradition request to be resolved.
Information from Seattle Times archives is included in this story.
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