LITTLE ROCK, ARK (localmemphis.com) - Christopher R. Thyer, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, announced Tuesday that United States District Court Judge D. Price Marshall Jr., sentenced James E. Franklin, Jr., 34, of Marianna, to prison for his role in a widespread scheme to steal money intended for feeding children in low-income areas.
Judge Marshall sentenced Franklin, who pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit wire fraud on September 16, 2016, to 24 months’ imprisonment, to be followed by two years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay restitution of $380,055.36.
Eight others have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing. Jacqueline Mills, Dorothy Harper, and Anthony Waits are scheduled for trial on March 27, 2017, before United States District Court Judge James M. Moody, Jr.
Franklin was a sponsor for a feeding program through an organization called “JL&N Outreach.” Franklin had two approved feeding site locations, one in Hughes, Arkansas and the other in Brinkley, Arkansas.
Franklin claimed that he fed as many as 244 children a day in Hughes and as many as 287 children a day in Brinkley.
According to witnesses, no more than ten children per day were fed in Brinkley and no more than 15 children per day in Hughes.
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