Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Superintendent Lewis, Pat Pope and others indicted
From Fox 5 this evening
Crawford Lewis, three others face charges
Updated: Wednesday, 26 May 2010, 10:37 PM EDT
Published : Wednesday, 26 May 2010, 4:56 PM EDT
By: LEIGHA BAUGHAM | MyFOXATLANTA
DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - Former DeKalb County Schools superintendent Crawford Lewis was among four people indicted Wednesday on racketeering and theft charges after an investigation into school construction contracts.
District Attorney Gwen Keyes announced the indictment against Lewis and three others, including former schools chief operating officer Patricia Reid, her former husband Anthony Pope, and Cointa Moody, Reid’s former secretary. Keyes presented a 50-page long Powerpoint presentation summarizing the indictment, which was approximately 1,000 pages long.
The indictment lists approximately $2.3 million in fraudulently-received school funds, and possibly $80 million in illegal fraud as a part of the scheme allegedly conducted by the four. It’s not clear how long the alleged scheme when on before it was discovered.
And earlier -
DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Channel 2 Action News has learned a DeKalb County grand jury has indicted 4 people, including former school Superintendant Crawford Lewis, on racketeering and other charges in connection with the district attorney's investigation into school construction contracts.
In addition to Lewis, the indicted named Pat Reid (formerly Pope), her ex-husband Tony Pope and Reid’s former secretary Cointa Moody. Reid was formerly DeKalb School's chief operating officer and oversaw the system’s massive school construction program.
Tony Pope, Reid's ex-husband, is an architect who has done work for the system.
The district attorney's office has called a 4:30 p.m. news conference.
A team of Channel 2 reporters is working this story right now and will provide more information as the story develops.
Stay tuned to Channel 2 Action News at 5 and refresh this story on wsbtv.com for more breaking developments.
Here's a link to the AJC's report on the subject.
Former DeKalb schools' chief indicted
DCSS Press Conference
To download the entire indictment click this in-depth article at Atlanta Unfiltered.
To download the Powerpoint Presentation the DA used for the press conference, click here and then click the link at the end of the article.
Download the indictment here:
Crawford Lewis DeKalb RICO Indictment