Ex-school superintendent gets jail time for bribery
Published: November 14,2013
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GREENVILLE — The former superintendent of a school district in the Mississippi Delta has been sentenced to more than six years in prison for bribery related to a $1.4 million reading program for children.
Former Greenville Public School District superintendent Harvey Franklin was sentenced to 76 months Wednesday for taking more than $270,000 in bribes to influence the school board to use the program.
Franklin’s lawyer, Lisa Ross, said in phone interview that Franklin is considering an appeal.
She cites a disparity in Franklin’s sentence compared to a bribery scheme involving a former Lafayette County supervisor who was sentenced to three years in a separate case.
She says it’s a sentencing disparity for similar conduct.
Franklin was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Aberdeen.
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