9 plead guilty in $6M taken from northwest Georgia schools

ROME, Ga. — Nine people including a former maintenance director have pleaded guilty in a case in which authorities said they stole more than $6 million from a northwest Georgia school system. The Rome News-Tribune reports Derry Richardson and eight other people pleaded guilty Monday. Richardson was charged in 2016 for using his position in the Floyd County school system to create inflated or bogus invoices for construction and maintenance projects. Superior Court Judge Jack Niedrach sentenced Richardson to 20 years in prison and 20 years of probation. His wife Lisa Richardson, his father Jimmy Richardson and brother Dwayne Richardson pleaded guilty Monday to charges related to racketeering, theft and bribery, as did five others.

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