TULSA, Okla. - The former superintendent of Broken Arrow Schools faces two criminal counts of bribery and conspiracy against a school district according to court records.
KRMG has learned charges were filed Thursday in Tulsa District Court against James David Sisney, who goes by Jim.
Arraignment in the case is set for Sept. 17 at 3:00 p.m.
According to the indictment obtained by KRMG, Sisney accepted a bribe in the form of tickets to the NCAA Basketball Tournament in Atlanta, Georgia from Windstream Communications.
The indictment alleges the trip also included free lodging at the Atlanta Grand Hyatt Hotel, as well as free food and beverages, free event souvenirs, free ground transportation and other free local entertainment.
All this, the court documents state, was accepted by Sisley "without the knowledge or approval of the Board of Education of the Broken Arrow School District and contrary to the express policy of aid Board of Education."
The Broken Arrow District has an "express policy...absolutely prohibiting acceptance by School District personnel of gratuities from the School District's vendors and service providers," the indictment reads in part.
The alleged conspiracy involved several people at Windstream Communications, referred to in the indictment only by their initials and Sisney.
The court documents reads that Sisney and the people at Windstream "intentionally, fraudulently, and feloniously, conspire and agree to impair, obstruct, or defeat the lawful function and duties of the Board of Education of the Broken Arrow School District by the said Corporation corruptly providing said Defendant with valuable gratuities consisting of" the free tickets, hotel room and other amenities listed above.
Sisney, if convicted on both counts, could receive up to 20 years in prison and fines of $30,000.
He was fired by BAPS in 2008 amid accusations of unlawful bidding for contracts and other improprieties, but never faced criminal charges in connection with those events.
He then served as Superintendent of Sperry Public Schools for two years before announcing his retirement last year.