TAMPA, Fla. Silas Potter, the midlevel manager at the center of the Seattle School District financial scandal, says he's become a scapegoat.

I've been thrown under the bus, Potter said in his first interview in Tampa, Fla., where he's lived since September.

Potter grew the district's small-business contracting center, breaking rules and overseeing the spending of $1.8 million for questionable contracts, according to two audits. He approved contracts to favored businesses and consultants who charged inflated prices for work of little or no public value, according to the audits.

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