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Schrenko seeks retirement money

Posted: December 16, 2011 - 3:31pm
Former state school superintendent Linda Schrenko.  File
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Former state school superintendent Linda Schrenko.

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ATLANTA — A former Georgia schools superintendent who was convicted of stealing more than $600,000 in state public education funds is seeking some of her retirement money back.

Linda Schrenko said in a court filing this week to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that the government “illegally forwarded, seized and retained” about $195,000 of her retirement funds.

Prosecutors say Schrenko, of Columbia County, and a computer firm owner stole more than $600,000 in federal education money geared toward programs for honors students and two schools for the deaf. They say some went to Schrenko’s failed GOP gubernatorial campaign in 2002 and another $9,300 went toward a facelift.

She was sentenced to eight years in federal prison in 2006 after she struck a plea bargain in the middle of her trial.

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