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Former Schools Chief Indicted

An indictment charges former DeKalb County Superintendent Crawford Lewis and two other employees from the school system with several counts of racketeering and bribery.

Named in the indictment Wednesday are Patricia Pope, former chief operating officer of the DeKalb County schools and her former secretary Cointa Moody. Anthony Pope, Patricia Pope's former husband, also is named.

Prosecutors accuse Lewis of conspiring with Patricia Pope to direct millions of dollars worth of school construction dollars toward Anthony Pope.

DeKalb authorities say Crawford faces four counts of violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, and two counts of theft by a government employee and bribery. Others face similar charges, as well as charges of falsifying public documents.

None of those charged immediately returned messages left by The Associated Press.

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