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Bribery plea deal denied for Conyers woman
Edna Goble
Edna Goble

A federal judge has rejected a plea deal for former Conyers educator Edna Goble, who was indicted for bribing a former Mississippi superintendent to use her reading program for children.

Goble, who owned the Teach Them To Read program, was scheduled for sentencing this past Thursday. According to the Delta Democrat Times, Northern Mississippi U.S. District Court Chief Judge Michael Mills rejected a recommendation from prosecutors of a six-month house arrest for Goble.

Goble had pleaded guilty to one count last fall.

She had originally been charged with 10 counts for allegedly paying bribes to former Greenville Public Schools superintendent Harvey Franklin in exchange for influencing the school board to use her EDNA reading program and a consulting contract to the tune of $1.4 million, according to reports in the Delta Democrat Times and Associated Press. She allegedly received more than $47,000 in kickbacks.

Franklin pleaded guilty to three counts, including conspiracy and embezzling, in August 2012. He's serving more than six years in prison; the maximum possible sentence was 25 years in prison.

Goble paid $36,000 on Franklin's truck loan, $9,400 on his home improvements and $1,900 on his American Express bill with cashier's checks bought through her company, according to previous reports. Goble also paid for tuition for Franklin's children at Drexel University and Tulane University, according to the Associated Press. The payments were reportedly made between May 2010 and May 2011.

Franklin, who was appointed superintendent in 2009 and resigned in May 2012, agreed to forfeit his house and truck, according to federal court papers.

Goble, a former Lake Capri subdivision resident, worked for Rockdale County Public Schools from 1978-1990 as a PE teacher and from 1990-1994 as an Instructional Lead Teacher.

Franklin came to Greenville from Walton County Public Schools where he was Assistant Superintendent.