Ex-Greenville schools chief sentenced to prison

djournal_Court-NewsBy Patsy R. Brumfield

Daily Journal

ABERDEEN – Greenville schools’ former superintendent was sentenced to 76 months in federal custody Wednesday for a bribery conspiracy he admitted months ago.

Harvey A. Franklin is free on bond until the Bureau of Prisons decides where he will serve his prison term.

U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock sentenced the 56-year-old Franklin late Wednesday in the Aberdeen federal courthouse.

She also ordered him to pay more than $1.2 million in restitution with a $75,000 lump sum due immediately. Franklin also will be required to do 300 hours of community service work.

Franklin admitted to receiving cash, a truck and other financial benefits from Edna Goble, who ran a Georgia remedial reading program which contracted with the Greenville Public School District while Franklin was its chief executive.

Goble was due for trial recently, but when prosecutors discovered that Franklin intended to insist the benefits were a loan, not a bribe, they agreed to cut a deal with her for six months’ house arrest.

Franklin’s attorney contended that he believed prosecutors would recommend leniency for his sentence because of his promised testimony, but government attorneys said Franklin failed to cooperate and “did not earn” any leniency.