Ex-Seattle school employee Silas Potter arrested in Florida

Nov 9, 2011

The King County Sheriff's office says a former Seattle school employee who failed to appear for arraignment in the Seattle Public Schools financial scandal has been arrested in Florida.

The Seattle Times reports Silas Potter Jr. was arrested in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday night.

Sheriff's spokesman John Urquhart says a sheriff's detective who handles fugitive cases received a tip and relayed it to U.S. Marshals, who took Potter into custody.

Potter headed the school district's small-business assistance program before moving to Florida. He had been scheduled to enter a plea to theft charges in King County Superior Court on Tuesday.

Two other defendants pleaded not guilty during a brief hearing and the judge issued a warrant for Potter's arrest.

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In the video below, Silas Potter executive director of RSBDP accepts a SBPP 2010 Business Development award from Farayi Chiro, President SBPP: