Special to SEGAZINE
Federal prosecutors are recommending house arrest for a Georgia woman charged with bribing a Mississippi school superintendent in a district that spent $1.4 million to use her reading program for children, according to court records.
Edna Goble, who owned Teach Them To Read in Conyers, did business with the Greenville Public School District in the Mississippi Delta. The reading program is called EDNA, for Early Detection Necessary Action.
Goble was indicted in December 2012 on 10 counts related to the bribery of Harvey Franklin, who had been the Greenville Public School District superintendent. Franklin — who moved to Mississippi from Georgia — used his position to influence the school board to enter a contract for Goble’s services in exchange for about $270,000 in bribes, prosecutors say. Franklin resigned as superintendent in May 2012.
The information that prosecutors will recommend six months of house arrest for Goble came Wednesday in a filing from Franklin’s lawyer. In the filing, attorney Lisa Ross, requests that Franklin be sentenced to less than the federal sentencing guideline range of 70 to 87 months.