JACKSON, Mississippi — A federal appeals court has been asked by a former Mississippi school superintendent to review a requirement that he make a $75,000 lump sum restitution payment 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 — with the first $75,000 due in mid-January.
A federal judge in Mississippi ruled in December that Franklin has the ability to pay the $75,000.
Franklin tells the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that he cannot.
The 5th Circuit will hear arguments in the case on Dec. 2 in New Orleans.