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Attorney makes allegations of corruption in Garland ISD; school board meets

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A lawyer hired to investigate the Garland Independent School District made explosive allegations of corruption Tuesday morning. Additionally, on Tuesday night, the school board met and heard that GISD is doing all it can to save foreign teachers from being deported, but it may be powerless to do so.

Attorney Harry Jones with Littler Mendelson law firm outlined what he found regarding an immigrant visa program that has brought in hundreds of foreign teachers.

He described a long-standing system of corruption that profited former Human Relations Director Victor Leos and members of his family.

He also named Attorney Becky Yu and her law firm, finding evidence that teachers were being asked to pay fees that should have been paid by the school.

In many cases, the teachers who were victimized now face deportation. 

"We felt it was important to turn it over to Homeland Security and the appropriate state agencies so they can make a determination. That investigation, those investigations are ongoing. I don't think any final determination has been made about what laws were violate, but clearly this is not what we wanted," Jones said.

FOX 4's efforts to contact Leos at his home and Yu at her law office were met with "no comment."

Leos, his teacher step son Paul Ruetiger and Associate Superintendent Gary Reeves were suspended earlier in the investigation. The district said Reeves had evidence of the ongoing corruption and failed to act on it.

"That's a lie," said Reeves at the meeting Tuesday night. "I didn't send [an email] back to Mr. Leos."

Garland's school board will meet Tuesday night to further address what it is doing to help the teachers. Many of them face deportation instead of the permanent resident status they thought they'd been promised.

"There's more than just a financial cost. That's what we have to realize here. There's families involved here. There's people's lives involved here and we don't want to lose sight of that," said Dr. Bob Morrison, Garland ISD's superintendent.

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