Federal prosecutors say a Detroit Public Schools retiree illegally received more than $400,000, even though he was already getting a disability pension from the district.
The U.S. attorney's office announced an indictment Thursday against 55-year-old Anton Carter and a former payroll manager, Toni Gilbert, who is accused of helping him. The Detroit residents are charged with conspiracy to commit fraud.
They have not appeared in court and their lawyers were not known. Authorities say the scheme lasted from 2000 to 2005.
The Detroit school district is under the direction of emergency financial manager Robert Bobb. He says the indictment sends a "strong message" that theft will not be tolerated.