Alabama superintendent to plead guilty to conspiracy in virtual school project

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Former Athens City Schools Superintendent Trey Holladay plans to plead guilty in a multi-million dollar virtual academy fraud scheme.

Holladay on Tuesday asked to change his plea from not guilty to one count of conspiracy, according to federal court records. He still faces 88 counts of wire fraud and 34 counts of aggravated impersonation.

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A date has not yet been set for the court hearing where a judge could actually accept the plea.

Holladay was one of two former schools superintendents, including former Limestone County Superintendent Tom Sisk, charged with conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government.

Sisk pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge in April. So did retired teacher Gregory Corkren and former Marengo Academy football coach David Tutt, who each pleaded to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. Corkren also faced a charge of aggravated identity theft.

William Carter and Holladay’s wife, Deborah Holladay, still face charges.

Federal officials said the six people fraudulently claimed that private school students who attended state schools were enrolled full-time in Athens City and Limestone County school districts. The systems received public funds for these students.

The plaintiffs in this case are students who prosecutors say had their identities stolen.

holidays next court date is scheduled for February 2022.

Perry A. Thomasson