By Patsy R. Brumfield
OXFORD – A Georgia business woman accused in a scheme to defraud the Greenville Public School District pleaded guilty Monday just before going on trial.
Shortly after a jury was empaneled in Oxford, Edna Cochran Goble admitted she conspired with ex-superintendent Harvey Franklin to bribe him for her own benefit.
Franklin, who was set to testify in the trial, pleaded guilty to accepting money and gifts from Goble in exchange for reading program contracts with the school system. He has yet to be sentenced.
Goble, 67 of Conyers, Ga., was indicted on 10 counts in December 2012 and faced up to 15 years in prison if convicted of them all.