CLEVELAND (AP) – A man accused of helping to scam an Ohio school district out of more than $3 million has been returned to the U.S. after being captured in Spain.
David Donadeo was arraigned in Cleveland on Tuesday, more than four years after being indicted by a grand jury. He pleaded not guilty to charges of mail fraud and money laundering.
His attorney, John McCaffrey, told Cleveland.com that Donadeo and his family moved after his indictment to Germany and then Spain, where his wife and children still live.
Prosecutors say Donadeo and others formed companies to charge the Cuyahoga Heights school district for work that was never provided. Three other men, including the district’s director of information technology, were convicted in the scheme.