OIG Investigative Reports, Two Former Orleans Parish School Board Employees Sentenced To Federal Prison Skip to main contentAbout UsContact UsFAQs Language Assistance Englishespañol中文: 繁體版Việt-ngữ한국어TagalogРусский U.S. Department of Education Search for: Toggle navigation U.S. Department of Education Student Loans Grants Laws Data About ED OFFICES Home Reports & Resources Programs/Initiatives News Office Contacts Investigation Report Press Releases February 20, 2008 For Immediate Release U.S. Attorney's Office Eastern District of Louisiana 500 Poydras St Suite 210-B New Orleans, Louisiana 70130 Tel: 504.680.3000 Fax: 504.589.4510 TWO FORMER ORLEANS PARISH SCHOOL BOARD EMPLOYEES SENTENCED TO FEDERAL PRISON DRENA CLAY, age 42, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, and DEBRA HARRISON, age 46, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana were sentenced to thirty (30) months imprisonment and forty-one (41) months imprisonment respectively, by U. S. District Judge Stanwood R. Duval, Jr. today. CLAY and HARRISON had been convicted after a seven day jury trial of conspiracy to commit extortion, extortion, conspiracy to commit program fraud and program fraud. HARRISON was also convicted of lying to the FBI on two occasions. Another defendant convicted of lying to the FBI in the trial, Walter Tardy, age 41, is scheduled for sentencing on April 16, 2008. These convictions are a part of the wide ranging Orleans Parish School Board corruption probe which has netted twenty-seven convictions, including former School Board President, Ellenese Brooks-Simms and insurance broker Lillian Smith-Haydel. This matter arose from an investigation into fraudulently inflated class coverage hours at Fannie C. Williams Middle School in Eastern New Orleans. HARRISON, the school secretary was in charge of the system by which classes of absent teachers were covered by other teachers present that day, during their free period. However, the jury found that the system was corrupted by HARRISON and CLAY by demanding kickbacks from teachers to falsely inflate the class coverage hours. Two other defendants, John Baker, age 47 and Trynitha Fulton, age 30, pled guilty as charged and testified in the October jury trial. Baker and Fulton are set for sentencing on June 11, 2008. HARRISON, who faced a statutory maximum of 55 years, and whose United States sentencing guideline range was 41 - 51 months, not only was sentenced to 41 months but also was ordered to pay a proportional share of $32,750.00 in restitution to the Orleans Parish School Board, and three years supervised release after her release from jail. CLAY, who faced a statutory maximum of 55 years, and whose United States sentencing guideline range was 30-37 months, not only was sentenced to 30 months but also was ordered to pay a proportional share of $32,750.00 in restitution to the Orleans Parish School Board, as well as three years supervised release. The Orleans Parish School Systems investigation was a joint investigative effort of the FBI, IRS Criminal Investigations Division, and the Department of Education Office of the Inspector General. This case prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Carter K. D. Guice, Jr., Daniel Friel and Richard Rose, of the District of Rhode Island. Top Printable view Share this page Last Modified: 02/25/2008 How Do I Find... Student loans, forgiveness College accreditation No Child Left Behind FERPA FAFSA 1098-E Tax Form 2015 Budget Proposal More > Information About... Transforming Teaching Family and Community Engagement Early Learning K-12 Reforms More > Connect Facebook Twitter YouTube Email RSS Google+ More > MISUSED FOIA OIG Fraud Hotline Our mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. Student Loans Repaying Loans Defaulted Loans Loan Forgiveness Loan Servicers Grants & Programs Apply for Pell Grants Grants Forecast Open Grant Competitions Find Grant Programs by Eligibility Laws & Guidance No Child Left Behind FERPA Civil Rights Data & Research Education Statistics Postsecondary Education Data State Education Data Nation's Report Card What Works Clearinghouse About Us Contact Us ED Offices Jobs News FAQs Budget, Performance Notices FOIAPrivacySecurityInformation qualityInspector GeneralWhitehouse.govUSA.govBenefits.govRegulations.gov
Two Former Orleans Parish School Board Employees Sentenced To Federal Prison. New Orleans, LA, February 20, 2008
Published by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General on 2008-02-20.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report.