Detroit Public Schools vendor who lived like king faces 7 years in prison
Nearly six decades after graduating from Mumford High School, Norman Shy, a millionaire school supply vendor who built an empire by currying favor with Detroit principals for more than 40 years, publicly turned on his alma mater today.
The 74-year-old pleaded guilty to bribery, admitting he cheated his former school district out of $2.7 million by charging for supplies that were never delivered.
Among his victims were special education students who waited for paid-for materials, but never received them.
Shy, who faces up to seven years in prison for his crimes — bribery and tax evasion — showed no emotion as he uttered the words in a deep voice in U.S. District Court: "I plead guilty, your honor."