Superintendent Indicted

Linda Schrenko
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Former state schools Supt. Linda Schrenko had filed for bankruptcy about a year after authorities say she helped steal $614,000 in federal education money.

Citing court records, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Schrenko and her then-husband filed for bankruptcy on Oct. 27, 2003, claiming $70,000 in credit card debt and thousands more in medical bills.

Schrenko was released on $40,000 bail Monday after surrendering to federal authorities. She was indicted last week on charges she conspired with her former chief deputy, Merle Temple, and computer consultant A. Stephan Botes to steal money designated to help Georgia's two state schools for the deaf and the governor's honor's program.

Federal authorities say about $250,000 was diverted to Schrenko's failed campaign for governor in 2002.

Schrenko's attorney, Pete Theodocion, says Schrenko suffers from physical problems from an automobile accident, and her bankruptcy shows several debts to doctors and hospitals. Among them is $10,000 to a "Doctor Cooper."

But Schrenko's daughter, Katherine Cooper, is a dentist whose practice is located at the address listed on the filing.