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School official pleads guilty to obstructing federal probe

Deanna Barash admits that she deleted emails to try to thwart an investigation by agents and a federal grand jury.
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NORTHVILLE, Mich. — A suburban Detroit school official who was paid $6,500 after her district bought education materials from a vendor has pleaded guilty. 

Deanna Barash admits that she deleted emails to try to thwart an investigation by agents and a federal grand jury. Barash was an assistant superintendent in the Northville district. 

She directed the district to pay $45,000 to Purpose Prep for social-emotional learning materials. Barash says she received $6,500 from Purpose and also had an agreement for a slice of future profits. 

Barash's latest job was in the West Bloomfield district. She quit in March just before the charge was filed.

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