Crawford Lewis agrees to guilty plea

Crawford Lewis agrees to guilty plea

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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.

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