LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The Montgomery U.S. Attorney’s Office said former Limestone County Schools Superintendent Tom Sisk was convicted on Tuesday for his role in a multimillion-dollar school fraud case.
In February 2021, several education officials, including former Athens superintendent Trey Holladay, were indicted in a scheme where they allegedly defrauded the state of Alabama by claiming private school students were enrolled. in a virtual academy of schools in the city of Athens.
Prosecutors said they plan to use up to $10 million in additional government aid, based on enrollment, to help fund construction projects, including a new high school in Athens.
Federal prosecutors said the program earned $5.8 million for the Athens City Schools System and $1.1 million for Limestone County Schools. Each of the defendants agreed to repay these funds to the Alabama State Department of Education.
Sisk pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge in April and was the first of the defendants to be convicted.
Sisk was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised probation. Sisk was fined $15,000 and ordered to pay $13,000 in restitution.
A date for Sisk to report to prison has yet to be set.
Three other defendants in the case are due to be sentenced on Thursday.
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