Schrenko accomplice's appeal denied

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Stephan Botes

Stephan Botes (File / WRDW-TV)

October 5, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal of a man's conviction for helping GOP gubernatorial candidate and state schools superintendent Linda Schrenko steal more than $600,000 in Georgia public education funds.

The high court on Monday turned away an appeal from computer firm owner A. Stephan Botes. Botes was found guilty of conspiracy, theft of federal funds and wire fraud charges.

Botes helped Schrenko steal more than $600,000 in federal education money geared toward programs for honors students and two schools for the deaf. Prosecutors said half the money went to Schrenko's failed GOP gubernatorial campaign in 2002 and another $9,300 went toward a facelift. Officials say the rest went to Botes's computer consulting business.

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