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Lewis sentenced to one year, Reid gets 15
by Staff Reports
December 10, 2013 09:59 AM | 3101 views | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Cynthia Becker sentenced Crawford Lewis, Patricia Reid and Tony Pope during a special hearing Monday. Reid was sentenced to serve 15 years behind bars for her role in steering contracts to Tony Pope’s architecture firm. Pope was sentenced to serve eight years behind bars.

Pope and Reid were married at the time when Reid served as the DeKalb County School District’s Chief Operating Officer and redirected more than $1.4 million in contracts to Pope’s architecture firm. On Nov. 22, a DeKalb County jury found both Reid and Pope guilty of racketeering. Reid was also convicted of an additional theft charge.

“This sentence sends a loud message to those who seek to manipulate and steal from the citizens of DeKalb County,” said DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James. “Reid and Pope both devised a scheme to take $1.4 million in tax dollars to line their pockets through improper and illegal means. This is a big win for the students and families of our county.”

Lewis was sentenced to serve 12 months in custody after admitting to a misdemeanor obstruction charge.

Chief Assistant District Attorney Kellie Hill served as lead prosecutor. Assistant District Attorneys Lawanda Hodges and Chris Timmons also served on the trial team.

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