In an article titled, Former DeKalb schools chief, three others indicted, the AJC shared the charges listed in the District Attorney's indictment in the past week. Below is a sampling from the article:
A grand jury returned indictments on Lewis, Reid, also known as Pat Pope, her former husband Tony Pope and her secretary Cointa Moody.
“It’s hard for us to assess the full dollar amount, but Tony Pope made over $2 million,” Fleming said. “More than $80 million in contracts were all obtained through some type of fraud.”
Much of that money went to construction companies where Reid and Pope had connections, but no one from those firms were charged.
All four were either arrested by or turned themselves into sheriff’s deputies by Wednesday evening.
Lewis was booked into the DeKalb jail just before 8 p.m. Wednesday and was released on $200,000 bond about 90 minutes later.
Reid and Pope remained jailed Thursday morning, with bond set at $1 million each, according to jail records. Moody was being held Thursday on $200,000 bond.
The indictment includes the following:
Four counts of violating the racketeer influenced and corruption act against Lewis, Reid, Pope and Moody.
One count of theft by a government employee against Lewis, Reid and Moody.
One count of bribery against Lewis and Reid.
One count of falsifying public documents against Reid.
Lewis, 56, faces a maximum of 105 years in prison.
Reid, 52, faces up to 115 years in prison, investigators said. . . .
According to investigators, the scheme had begun in 2006 and involved the three school officials concealing information from the school board, altering documents and giving work to Pope’s architectural firm.
“All of the parties used their positions and the resources of school system to facilitate theft, fraud and obstruction, whether for personal gain or for the benefit of others,” Fleming said. “The money received by Tony Pope was then funneled to Pat Pope.” . . .
When she was hired, the couple was told he could complete one on-going school construction contract but could not work on any additional school projects, Fleming said.
But Lewis and Reid ignored that stipulation, the indictment alleges. The two, along with secretary Moody, 48, conspired to get Pope contracts. This was accomplished by issuing illegal change orders, altering construction projects and leaking information to Pope, all behind the school board’s back, Fleming said.
Those projects included work on Columbia High School, Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy, Arabia Mountain High School and the Mountain Industrial Complex.
For the Arabia Mountain project, Reid forged the signatures of several members of a bid selection committee to steer the work to her husband, Fleming said.
Pope also collected money by working as a subcontractor for the McNair project, investigators said. . . .
For a tally on the amount of money possibly redirected to Pope Architects check out this article -
DeKalb indictments box
Wednesday's indictments charged Tony Pope with fraudulently taking money from four school building projects in the DeKalb County school system. How much did each project bring him?
Columbia High: $1.122 million
Mountain Industrial: $1.075 million
Total: $2.391 million
All of the accused are claiming innocence.
Now - we have the following issues that need to be addressed by the board and the interim superintendent WHILE these indictments continue and a possible trial goes forth, creating enormous diversion:
- Redistricting - will it happen? Will the board implement a plan for 2010 or 2011?
- Block Scheduling vs 7 Period Days - will the board save money by eliminating the block?
- Magnet costs and the associated transportation costs - will the board continue to pay for magnet transportation?
- Will the board conduct an audit of the entire system's pay structure and job descriptions?
- And the biggest question of the day - will SACS threaten to take DCSS's accreditation and if so, will the governor step in as the new law allows?
Governor Sonny Perdue today signed into law Senate Bill 84, landmark school board governance legislation.
“SB 84 gives the state the ability to step in when a local school system’s accreditation is threatened. This bill strikes the appropriate balance between local control and state intervention when a system is in crisis,” said Gov. Perdue. “I want to thank my floor leaders, Rep. Jim Cole and Sen. Bill Heath, as well as our Education Committee Chairs, Rep. Brooks Coleman and Sen. Dan Weber for their hard work and leadership on this issue over the past two sessions.”
The legislation standardizes board ethics policies and board training, clarifies the law delineating the roles and responsibilities of superintendents and board members, creates minimum qualifications for board candidates, and gives the state the ability to find responsible citizens to serve on school boards when existing members fail to serve the interests of their students.
Download the indictment here:
Crawford Lewis DeKalb RICO Indictment
Are we gearing up for a trial yet?