Guilty: Jury Convicts Former CMSD Employee Accused of Fleecing Taxpayers

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - New details in the trial for a former CMSD employee.

A jury has found Daniel Burns guilty on all counts - engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, tampering with records and theft in office.

Burns - who worked as the Chief Operating Officer - was accused of fleecing taxpayers in a copier contract with the Cleveland Schools.

Between December 17, 2007, and November 7, 2008, Burns and co-defendant, John Briggle, participated in the theft of approximately $154,400 from the Cleveland Public Schools.

On June 2nd of this year, Briggle pleaded guilty four counts of tampering with evidence and one count of theft. Briggle was ordered to pay $154,400 in restitution and faces a maximum of 25 years in prison.

Burns will be sentenced on July 14th.

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