UPDATE: Greenville’s ex-education chief ordered to prison

By Patsy R. Brumfield
Daily Journal

OXFORD – Harvey Franklin, Greenville’s former superintendent of schools, was ordered to report to prison by Jan. 6 for his guilty plea in a contract bribery scheme.

The report notice came earlier this week from the clerk’s office for the U.S. District Court in north Mississippi.

Franklin, 56, will begin serving his 76-month sentence at the prison camp at Montgomery, Ala.

He pleaded guilty Aug. 2 to three counts of conspiracy to receive a bribe while he was the school district’s top officer.

Prosecutors claimed he received nearly $273,000 in benefits from a Georgia businesswoman, whose company had a reading contract with the school system.

The woman received a six-month house arrest sentence after Franklin reportedly decided not to testify against her at trial and the government was forced into a plea deal with her.