Crawford Lewis agrees to guilty plea - Mid-South News, Weather, Traffic and Sports | FOX13

Crawford Lewis agrees to guilty plea

Posted: Updated:
DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -

Former DeKalb County Schools Superintendent Crawford Lewis has agreed to a plea deal for his role in an alleged $80 million scheme.

Prosecutors say that Lewis and his alleged co-conspirators, former district Chief Operating Officer Patricia Reid and her ex-husband Tony Pope, are responsible for an alleged conspiracy that used millions of dollars of taxpayer money.

Lewis is accused of running a scheme where he and Reid funneled hundreds of millions of dollars in construction contracts to a company owned by Reid's then-husband, Pope.  The three were arrested in 2010. Additional charges were filed against them in May 2012.

On Wednesday, Lewis agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of obstruction or hindering a law enforcement officer.  Lewis had been facing felony charges, including theft by taking and racketeering charges, for allegedly using his position as superintendent for his own gain.

As part of the plea agreement, Lewis will testify against Pope and Reid. That trial is slated to being on Oct. 28.

Lewis will be sentenced after that trial. The misdemeanor charge carries a penalty up to one year in prison.

  • More Local NewsMore>>

  • Tyrone Police search for missing 14-year-old girl

    Tyrone Police search for missing 14-year-old girl

    Thursday, April 24 2014 9:43 AM EDT2014-04-24 13:43:34 GMT
    Breaking news from FOX 5Breaking news from FOX 5
    Police in one South Metro city are searching for a missing 14-year-old girl.
    Police in one South Metro city are searching for a missing 14-year-old girl.
  • Authorities investigate threat at Paulding Co. High

    Authorities investigate threat at Paulding Co. High

    Thursday, April 24 2014 8:32 AM EDT2014-04-24 12:32:55 GMT
    Paulding County authorities are investigating a threat that came into Paulding County High School on Thursday morning.
    Paulding County authorities are investigating a threat that came into Paulding County High School on Thursday morning.
  • DOJ announces clemency overhaul

    DOJ announces clemency overhaul

    Thursday, April 24 2014 7:26 AM EDT2014-04-24 11:26:14 GMT
    The Justice Department moved Wednesday to significantly expand the number of people eligible for clemency.
    The Justice Department moved Wednesday to significantly expand the number of people eligible for clemency.
Powered by WorldNow

WHBQ-TV | Fox 13
485 S. Highland St.
Memphis, TN 38111

Main Station: (901) 320-1313
Newsroom: (901) 320-1340

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices