Former DeKalb Co. Schools superintendent testifies in corruption - CBS46 News

Former DeKalb Co. Schools superintendent testifies in corruption case

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DEKALB COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

Former DeKalb County Schools superintendent Crawford Lewis took the witness stand around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday to testify in a corruption case.

Former DeKalb County Schools Chief Operation Officer Pat Reid Pope and her ex-husband Tony Pope are accused of racketeering and stealing from the school district.

Prosecutors said it happened when Pat Reid Pope was the district's COO and Tony Pope's architecture firm, A. Vincent Pope & Associates, had a contract with the district to work on a project at McNair Elementary School.

Pat Pope was over the district's construction projects and its fleet. Prosecutors allege she steered school contracts to Tony Pope's firm, and she manipulated the system to buy a car from the district at nearly 65 percent discount.

Pat Pope is also accused of manipulating the system so Lewis could also purchase a car from the district at a discounted price.

Lewis was charged in the original indictment, but two weeks before Pat and Tony Pope's trial began, Lewis entered a guilty plea to a misdemeanor charge of obstruction.

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