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.