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Former Utica school district superintendent sentenced in public corruption case

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Former Utica City School District Superintendent Bruce Karam was sentenced for public corruption, requiring him to pay over $160,000 in restitution and damages to the school district, State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced on Wednesday. Karam, who led the district from 2011 until his 2022 dismissal, must pay $11,549 for misused resources and $150,000 from reduced pension earnings by May 17, following his guilty plea.


Karam’s sentencing includes five years of probation and 250 hours of community service after his conviction for using school resources to support certain school board election campaigns and a non-related charity fundraiser. This misuse of funds was intended to influence decisions on his salary and benefit personal associations.

The case was highlighted by multi-agency cooperation, with commendations from New York State Police and the Oneida County District Attorney, underscoring the commitment to prosecuting public corruption. Karam’s co-defendant, a former mayor, received a sentence of house arrest and probation earlier in the month.