Former schools chief admits guilt in scheme

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

ABERDEEN – Greenville’s former superintendent of schools pleaded guilty Thursday to a kickback-bribery scheme to enrich himself.
Harvey Andre Franklin Sr. admitted to a variety of financial misdeeds in U.S. District Court before Judge Sharion Aycock.
He faces up to 25 years in prison and $750,000 in fines.
He also likely will be ordered to forfeit any property or other goods – among them a Ford F-150 van and real property in Greenville – obtained from the bribes he admits he took from unindicted co-conspirator, Edna Cochran Goble.
Goble ran a reading consulting company with which Greenville Public Schools contracted from January 2010 until October 2011.
GPS eventually paid Goble’s company about $1.4 million, Franklin’s court documents state.
The government accuses Franklin of conspiring with Goble and others to be rewarded financially for the district’s business with her company obtained with his influence.
Goble is accused of paying for his automobile loan, nearly $20,000 in credit card bills and home improvement projects.
Documents claim Franklin received nearly $65,000 in goods and financial benefits from Goble during that time.

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