Federal appeals court panel orders ex-Greenville superintendent to pay restitution

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JACKSON, Mississippi — A federal appeals panel has ordered a former Mississippi school superintendent to pay a $75,000 lump sum restitution in a bribery case.

Former Greenville schools superintendent Harvey Franklin is serving a 76-month sentence for taking more than $270,000 in bribes to influence the school board to use a reading program for children.

He also was ordered to pay $1.2 million in restitution to the U.S. Department of Education — the first $75,000 was due in mid-January 2014. Franklin says he doesn't have the money.

The three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says Franklin didn't object to the payment when it was ordered by a Mississippi federal judge and has no grounds to do so now.

Franklin is serving his sentence at the prison in Montgomery, Alabama.

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