Indicted school board member Mike Murgio resigns

Mike Murgio

Mike Murgio

One day after his federal indictment, Palm Beach County School Board member Mike Murgio resigned Friday, saying that remaining in office after his arrest in connection with a bribery scheme could “create a distraction” for the county’s public school system.

Murgio, a veteran educator in his first term on the school board, announced in letters to Gov. Rick Scott and the board’s chairman that he was stepping down effective immediately. Murgio’s attorney said he would also drop his reelection bid.

“I do recognize that the personal situation that I am presently going through may create a distraction to my fellow board members or the Palm Beach County School District,” Murgio wrote.

The move was the latest fallout since Murgio was arrested by FBI agents Thursday morning.

The 65-year-old retired principal is charged with participating in a bribery scheme to aid an illegal money-transfer business, one allegedly operated by his son and owned by an Israeli accused of masterminding the largest hacking case in U.S. history.

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