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Bribery gets former Greenville schools chief 76 months

 

Accepting bribes from a school contractor has led to a federal prison sentence of six years and four months for Harvey Franklin, former Greenville Public Schools superintendent.

Harvey Franklin could have been sentenced to up to 25 years for his bribery schemes during his time as head of Greenville Public Schools.

Harvey Franklin could have been sentenced to up to 25 years for bribery schemes as head of Greenville Public Schools.

Franklin faced up to 25 years imprisonment. In exchange for guilty pleas, he received 76 months each on two counts and 60 months on a third count at his sentencing Wednesday. They will be served concurrently.

Franklin, 57, must also pay restitution totaling $1,201,247, with $75,000 due immediately. He will also perform 300 hours of community service.

In August 2012, Franklin pled guilty to three counts of conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States, accepting bribes and kickbacks from Edna Goble, a contractor with the Greenville Public School District, and embezzlement.

Franklin was found to have conspired with Goble, who was a former colleague of Franklin’s in Georgia and owner of Teach Them To Read. Franklin entered into contracts on behalf of Greenville Public Schools, and paid Goble’s company approximately $1.4 million.

Goble made payments to numerous creditors on Franklin’s behalf, which included paying off Franklin’s automobile loan, remodeling and improvements for his home, paying off his personal credit card, and paying for the college tuition of Franklin’s children.

Goble pleaded guilty Oct. 7 in federal court in Oxford to one count of bribing Franklin.

 

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