Linda Schrenko, the former state school superintendent and Columbia County teacher who was found guilty of embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal education funding, will be released from home confinement Thursday.
Schrenko served almost six months in home confinement after being released in March from a minimum-security women’s work camp in Coleman, Fla., according to Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesman Chris Burke.
Out of safety concerns, Burke could not confirm the location of Schrenko’s home confinement or whether it was a private residence or a halfway house. She will now begin a three-year probation sentence and is required to pay $414,000 in restitution.
Schrenko received an eight-year prison sentence in 2006 for embezzling education funding while working in the state’s highest educational office from 1994 to 2002.
Schrenko and her deputy superintendent, Merle Temple, were found to have diverted more than $600,000 intended for honors students and two schools for the deaf into her unsuccessful 2002 run for governor and plastic surgery, according to previous reports.
Both pleaded guilty, and Temple was sentenced to 97 months in prison.
In addition, South African businessman Stephan Botes was sentenced to 97 months in prison for using his company to funnel some of the embezzled money.