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Education Contractor Indicted for Paying
Bribes to Greenville School Superintendent

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 21, 2012

Felicia C. Adams, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi, Mississippi State Auditor Stacey Pickering, and Yessyka Santana, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Education Office of Inspector General's Southeastern Regional Office, announced that:

Edna Goble, 66, of Conyers, Georgia, was indicted by the Federal Grand Jury for the Northern District of Mississippi for paying bribes to Harvey Franklin, the former superintendent of the Greenville, Mississippi Public School District.

Goble faces ten counts that charge her with providing things of value to Franklin in return for a consulting contract with the Greenville Public School District.  If convicted, Goble will face up to 95 years in prison and $2,500,000 in fines.

State Auditor Stacey Pickering said:  "As State Auditor it is my job to protect the taxpayers of Mississippi. We will continue to work with the United States Attorney's Office, and together we will move forward to protect the resources of the school children of Mississippi.

Goble has been released on bond.  A trial date has not yet been set for the Indictment.

This case is being investigated by the Office of State Auditor and the United States Department of Education Office of Inspector General and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Clay Dabbs and Clay Joyner.

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