Judge rules ex-superintendent must pay restitution for bribery

GREENVILLE — The federal judge has rejected a request from a former school superintendent to reconsider a requirement to $75,000 lump sum restitution payment in a bribery case.

Former Greenville Public School District superintendent Harvey Franklin was sentenced Nov. 18 to 76 months in prison for taking more than $270,000 in bribes to influence the school board to use a reading program for children.

He also was ordered to pay $1.2 million in restitution to the U.S. Department of Education — with the first $75,000 due in mid-January.

Franklin’s attorney, Lisa Ross, filed a motion on Nov. 21 asking U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock for a review of Franklin’s assets, saying they have been all but depleted.

Aycock ruled this week that Franklin has the ability to pay the $75,000.

Franklin must report to prison by Jan. 6.

Edna Goble, who owned Teach Them To Read in Conyers, Ga., pleaded guilty on Oct. 7, the same day her trial was to begin. Her reading program is called EDNA, for Early Detection Necessary Action. Goble awaits sentencing. Court records say prosecutors have recommended house arrest for her.

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