Former DeKalb County School System Superintendent Crawford Lewis and two school district workers were indicted Wednesday, May 26, in a racketeering scheme that involved school construction projects.
Lewis, who was terminated last month after a 33-year career with the school district, faces several charges: four racketeering counts, theft by a government employee and bribery.
Former Chief Operating Officer Pat Reid, formerly known as Pat Pope, faces seven charges: four racketeering counts, theft by a government employee, bribery and falsifying public documents.
Reid’s ex-husband, Tony Pope, an architect who worked for the school system, was charged with four counts of racketeering, and Reid’s secretary, Cointa Moody, was also charged with four counts of racketeering and theft by a government employee. The grand jury indictment claims Pope fraudulently earned nearly $2.4 million from several district projects, including Columbia and McNair high schools and the district’s new Mountain Industrial Center in Stone Mountain .
District Attorney Gwendolyn Keyes Fleming said the ring was the largest and most serious she has seen in 17 years as a prosecutor.
“We will bring the county one step closer to understanding (the) truth,” Keyes Fleming said.
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