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Linda Schrenko to be freed from home confinement

Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013 3:22 PM
Last updated Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 1:53 AM
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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.

Former Georgia schools superintendent Linda Schrenko embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal education funding. She will be released from home confinement Thursday.  FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Former Georgia schools superintendent Linda Schrenko embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal education funding. She 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.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/28/13 - 02:44 pm
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Retirement Payments

It is my understanding that she has been drawing and will continue to draw a big retirement check from the state.

onethickdiva
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onethickdiva 08/28/13 - 02:51 pm
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Restitution

Can her retirement be garnished to ensure payment is made?

jmo
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jmo 08/28/13 - 06:11 pm
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It will be interesting......

to see if restitution is made. Probably no way to find out. Like so many other things it will just fade with time and eventually disappear.

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 08/28/13 - 06:14 pm
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The English language does not
Unpublished

The English language does not have the right words to describe this woman, IMHO.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 08/28/13 - 06:45 pm
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I might be totally wrong, but

I might be totally wrong, but I thought I read where someone's retirement and home cannot be involved in settlements. Anyone else heard this?
I know a lot of people feel passionately about her and what she did, but what else do you want from her....I mean, besides paying the money back, of course? She did the time she was sentenced. Life goes on.
And no, I am not a Shrenko supporter.

scoopdedoop64
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scoopdedoop64 08/28/13 - 07:38 pm
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Only Difference

The only difference between Schrenko and the other politicians is that she was caught. She did her time and as long as she stays out of politics and other things dealing with tax payer money I wish her all the best. Hopefully, she and many others who have done their time in prison can come out and be a responsible person in the community.

bernardbarbour
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bernardbarbour 08/28/13 - 07:53 pm
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Embezzling education funding, for plastic surgery #@%$ !

Embezzling education funding, diverting more than $600,000 intended for honors students and two schools for the deaf into her unsuccessful 2002 run for governor and plastic surgery. Meanwhile all of Columbia County taxpayers are still footing the bill, not to mention the kids that would have received those funds have been ef 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. What a sad day for our County...... Diverting funds for the deaf! Think about that, for the deaf? I wonder how those kids futures were affected, that were to receive those funds for their education has been?

soldout
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soldout 08/28/13 - 08:41 pm
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Merle has recovered

Merle Temple turned his life around in prison. He ministered to and helped many. He now is a successful author and is thriving. No matter how we mess up our lives God is the great restorer for those willing to humble themselves.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/28/13 - 09:52 pm
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Education

I also read where Ms. Shrenko did a lot of good work in prison tutoring fellow inmates in reading and mentoring them in life skills. She deserves another chance.

rebellious
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rebellious 08/28/13 - 10:26 pm
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Bernard

It's OK, the deaf kids didn't hear about her embezzlement.

RagingBull, what does her face look like to you?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/28/13 - 10:32 pm
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Take a deep breath

Bernard commented:

What a sad day for our County...... Diverting funds for the deaf! Think about that, for the deaf? I wonder how those kids futures were affected, that were to receive those funds for their education has been?

It is best to keep your emotions in check before your post on this forum.

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 08/28/13 - 11:47 pm
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Wow

I don't see how she could possibly pay the money back. Stealing education money for plastic surgery and to run for governor. I don't care if she's done her time or not that is as low as pond scum. I always wonder about people who have no conscience. How can they look at themselves in the mirror. I guess she had no problem or she wouldn't have realized she needed plastic surgery. Make her give her face lift back!

Darby
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Darby 08/29/13 - 12:33 am
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She will now begin a three-year probation

sentence and is required to pay $414,000 in restitution.

Just wondering how much force that word "required" carries in this case...??

Darby
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Darby 08/29/13 - 12:38 am
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I was one who worked hard, very hard to

get her elected to the position of State School Superintendent.

I now hold her in the greatest contempt. And that's not going to change.

I don't care how much "good work" she does for anyone or any group. Betrayal of that magnitude is unforgivable.

Not to the people of Georgia, to those kids.

jmo
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jmo 08/29/13 - 06:49 pm
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I don't know if.......

the time she served changed her, but if you will go back and read her comments after Judge Cooper sentenced her, she still didn't fully accept responsibility for her CRIME. She wanted to blame it on "others" bad advice, like she didn't know what she was doing.

corgimom
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corgimom 08/29/13 - 08:23 am
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She deserves a second chance,

She deserves a second chance, after she pays back the money that she stole from the children of Georgia.

David Parker
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David Parker 08/29/13 - 10:14 am
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There were several people if

There were several people if not more that were involved in this crime. She did the lion's share of the punishment. I've no ax to grind.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 08/29/13 - 10:42 am
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She might have to steal

from someone else to pay back that much money. She probably won't live long enough to pay but a small portion back.

I didn't understand Little Lamb chastising Bernard. I didn't see anything wrong with his comment. I thought it was pretty benign.

jmo
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jmo 08/29/13 - 06:48 pm
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Sweet Son

Must be Little Lamb's friend or relative. Not her usual comments.

jmo
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jmo 08/29/13 - 06:51 pm
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I heard the plastic surgery.....

went lower than that plastic face. Let's just say the schools got "boobed". lol

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 08/29/13 - 07:54 pm
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One for the records...

"Turned his life around."
"...Shrenko did a lot of good work in prison."
"She deserves a second chance after she pays the money back."

I am bookmarking this page until another local high profile individual is released from prison.

corgimom
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corgimom 08/29/13 - 08:12 pm
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Like Charles Walker?

Like Charles Walker?

stephanb
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stephanb 09/01/13 - 08:07 am
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Truth be told

This broad-stroke summary below (specifics to follow) covers the crimes committed by Senior District Judge Clarence Cooper, Assistant U. S. Attorneys Daniel Caldwell and (now Magistrate Judge) Russell G. Vineyard, and lawyers parading as Botes’ “defense counsel” in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, to engineer his wrongful conviction in the case UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. A. STEPHEN BOTES, case number 1:04-CR-0568-CC, as alleged in several lawsuits and complaints subsequently filed by Botes against the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, District Judge Clarence Cooper, Assistant U.S. Attorneys Caldwell and Vineyard, and attorneys Howard J. Weintraub and Brian Steel, as well as grievances filed with the Georgia Bar.

a) United States Attorneys Vineyard and Caldwell

Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSA) Russell G. Vineyard and Daniel Caldwell in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 371 conspired and in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2 aided and abetted each other while in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 4 concealing their crimes:

1. Prevented me from obtaining witnesses in my favor for 14 months before my trial in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1512(b)(1) and my Sixth Amendment right to a compulsory process to obtain witnesses in my favor;
2. Stacked the deck and rigged the jury pool to arrive at an 83% non-white petit jury in denial of my Sixth Amendment right to an impartial jury of my peer and equals;
3. Through numerous acts listed here, obstructed justice in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1501 et seq.;
4. Used intimidation and threatened and bribed witnesses in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 201 and § 1512(b);
5. Tampered with the evidence and altered documents entered into evidence in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1506, § 1512(c) and § 1519:
6. Suborned perjury in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1622;
7. Used hundreds of leading question of witnesses on direct in violation of the Federal Rules of Evidence 611(c);
8. Introduced inadmissible hearsay in violation of Federal Rules of Evidence 801 et seq. and my Sixth Amendment right to confront the witnesses against me.
9. Perpetuated fraud upon the court by entering into evidence falsified documents and lying about how they were obtained, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1001;
10. Concealed evidence that would exculpate me and impeach their witnesses in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1506, 1512(c) and § 3500;
11. Acted as witnesses that my counsel could not cross-examine and lied to and misled the jury, misrepresented the facts, the testimony and the evidence in violation of 18 U,S.C. § 1001 and my Sixth Amendment right to confront the witnesses against me;
12. Acted as a character witnesses who could not be cross-examined, in violation of Federal Rules of Evidence 404 and my Sixth Amendment right to confront my accusers;
13. Altered the record and transcripts of the proceedings in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1506 and 1512(c); and
14. Altered the record to cover up their misconduct and crimes in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1512(b)(1)(B) and (c).

b) District Judge Clarence Cooper

Black Senior District Judge Clarence Cooper through the course of trial and in post-trial proceedings:

1. Displayed racial bias and favoritism in violation of my Fifth Amendment right to due process and a fair trial presided over by an impartial judge;
2. Conducted proceedings in secret in violation of my and the public's Sixth Amendment right to a public trial.
3. Refused to recuse himself after he had admitted that his impartiality might reasonably be questioned, in violation of 28 U.S.C. § 455;
4. Injected himself into the trial to show the jury which side he favored and which version of conflicting testimony they should believe, in violation of my right to a fair trial presided over by an impartial judge;
5. Allowed Vineyard to introduce inadmissible hearsay evidence of witnesses my lawyer could not cross-examine in violation of my Sixth Amendment right to confrontation and Federal Rules of Evidence 802;
6. Allowed Vineyard to introduce unauthenticated documents into evidence in violation of my Sixth Amendment right to confrontation and Federal Rules of Evidence 901;
7. Failed to order Vineyard to produce FBI 301 and 302 notes, strike the witnesses testimony for his failure to do so, or call a mistrial as required by Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure Rule 26.2(e);
8. Prevented the jury from hearing the exculpatory testimony of my corporate counsel in violation of my Sixth Amendment right to witnesses in my favor.
9. Refused to give a jury instruction on my theory of the defense while allowing the Government to give the jury a 48-count indictment on the Government,’ theory of the prosecution, in violation of my right to a fair trial presided over by an impartial judge;
10. Slept through trial, denied a motion for summary judgment that my counsel never even made, failed to rule on a motion for judgment of acquittal that my counsel did make, failed to sustain valid objections and ruled on objections not even made.
11. Lied to the jury that he could not answer their questions when he could and the law required him to;
12. Issued a post-trla1 order without authority or jurisdiction to seize Botes' assets;
13. Falsified the order by backdating it in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1506, § 1512(c) and § 1519;
14. Tampered with the record and altered the docket to make the backdated order appear as issued days earlier and part f my sentence, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1506 and § 1512(c);
15. Struck from the record my motions that contained the evidence of his, Vineyard's and Caldwell's misconduct and crimes, in violation of 18 U.S.C. S 1512(c), a misprision of felony in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 4; and
16. Delayed for three-and-a-ha1f years to rule on my motion for a new trial because of his, Vineyard's and Caldwell’s crimes and misconduct, which he dismissed under false pretences.

LEGAL ACTIONS

Cases referred to here should be viewable on http:///www.pacer.gov. Note that corrupt judges and clerks of the court have either struck Botes’ filings from the record to conceal the evidence of their corruption and have otherwise made his filings invisible, so that only the Government and Weintraub and Steel’s responses and the court’s rulings are visible, without you being able to see Botes’ pleadings, submissions and replies. You will soon be able to see all of Botes’ filings on http://www.guiltyunlessproveninnocent.com.

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF GEORGIA

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. A. STEPHAN BOTES
Case no. 1:04-CR-0568-CC

A. STEPHAN BOTES v. HOWARD J. WEINTRAUB
Case no. 1:08-CV-1341-WS0

A. STEPHAN BOTES v. BRIAN STEEL
Case no. 1:08-CV-2854-WS0

A. STEPHAN BOTES v. RODNEY ESTRADA, MERLE TEMPLE and JOHNATHAN TURNER
Case no. 1 08-cv-03883-CAM

A. STEPHAN BOTES v. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Case no. 1:11-CV-1147-JEC

A. STEPHAN BOTES v. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Case no. 1 11-CV-1357-JEC

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT -DISTRICT OF ARIZONA

Ex parte A. Stephan Botes
Petition for Common Law Writ of Habeas Corpus
Case no. CV-12 -00889 -TUC-JGZ-CRP

ELEVENTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS

UI'IITED STATES OF AMERICA v. A. STEPHAN BOTES
Appeal no. 06-15238

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. A. STEPHAN BOTES
Appeal no. 10-14352 -E

UNITED STATES 0F AMERICA v. A. STEPHAN BOTES
Appeal no. 12-16426-D

A. STEPHAN BOTES v. ESTRADA et al.
Appeal no. 09-13445-E

A. STEPHAN BOTES v. HOWARD J. WEINTRAUB
Appeal no. 11-11711-HH

A. STEPHAN BOTES v. BRIAN STEEL
Appeal no. 11-11480-GG

SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA V. A. STEPHAN BOTES
Case no. 08-1205

A. STEPHAN BOTES v. BRIAN STEEL
Case no. 118448

ELEVENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

A, Stephan Botes v. Clarence Cooper
Case no, 11-10-90037

A. Stephan Botes v. Clarence Cooper
Case no. 11-10-90172

A, Stephan Botes v. Russell G. Vineyard
Case no. 11-10-90038

A. Stephan Botes v. Russell C, Vineyard
Case no. 11-10-90173

STATE BAR OF GEORGIA GRIEVANCES

A. Stephan Botes v. Howard J, Weintraub
A. Stephan Botes v, Brian Steel
A. Stephan Botes v. Daniel Caldwell
A. Stephan Botes v. Russell G. Vineyard

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