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Posted: March 11, 2014 3:16 p.m.

Bribery plea deal denied for Conyers woman

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge has rejected a plea agreement for Georgia businesswoman Edna Goble, who was indicted for bribing a former Greenville Public Schools superintendent to use her reading program for children.

Goble, who owned Teach Them To Read in Conyers, Ga., was scheduled for sentencing this past week. The Delta Democrat Times reports (http://bit.ly/1nha1XQ ) that U.S. District Michael Mills rejected a recommendation from prosecutors that she serve six months' house arrest.

Goble had pleaded guilty to one count last fall. Mills set a trial date of June 16 in Oxford.

Authorities say Goble paid bribes to former superintendent Harvey Franklin for him to influence the school board to use the $1.4 million reading program.

Franklin pleaded guilty in August 2012. He's serving more than six years in prison.

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