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Wednesday, March 16, 2016 2:50 am

Warsaw school worker accused of taking bribes

Chris Meyers | The Journal Gazette

Kickbacks, a new motorcycle and massive overpurchases.

Those allegations landed the former building and grounds director for an area school corporation in jail Thursday.

The owner of the Kentucky business accused of being involved was also arrested.

The charges filed against Gregory A. Schroeder accuse him of taking more than $100,000 in kickbacks during a six-year span and receiving a new motorcycle for continuing to buy items from Continental Maintenance Specialties Inc., according to the Warsaw Police Department.

The 61-year-old Milford resident faces felony charges of corrupt business influence, official misconduct, bribery and theft.

The investigation spanned from 2006 to 2012, a time when Schroeder was the director of buildings and grounds for the Warsaw Community Schools, police said.

Brian K. Stowers, 54, of Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, and the former president of Continental Maintenance Specialties, was charged with corrupt business influence, bribery, theft and aiding, and inducing or causing official misconduct, all felonies.

The business sells specialty chemicals to schools, hospitals, nursing homes, government agencies and universities, according to its website.

Schroeder is accused of receiving approximately $115,620 during the six-year time frame, according to police. Included in those kickbacks was a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. He is also accused of overpurchasing about $828,150 worth of supplies from the business, police said.