Gladney scheduled to plead guilty to federal charge

TUPELO – Former city school board member Floristine Gladney will plead guilty Oct. 20 to one of nine federal charges against her, a new court filing indicates.
Gladney of Plantersville was scheduled to go on trial Sept. 14 in U.S. District Court but in late August asked for more time to prepare her defense.
The one-page notice, filed Friday, sets the hearing date and 2:30 p.m. start before Judge Sharion Aycock in Aberdeen.
Gladney apparently will plead guilty to Count One of her nine-count indictment from April 23.
Count One accuses her of theft/embezzlement of U.S. property.
Specifically, she is accused of spending federal AmeriCorps funds in excess of $1,000 to pay her own staff to tutor children at Gladney’s day care center, Tender Care Leaning Center in Tupelo, instead of staff enrolled to be paid by the program.
If convicted of all nine felony counts, Gladney faced a maximum of 55 years in prison and $2.25 million in fines.
For a guilty plea on Count One, she faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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