ALBANY, Ga. — Dougherty County Superior Court Judge Stephen Goss has scheduled a motion hearing and trial date for Dougherty School Board member Velvet Riggins, who is facing felony charges for alleged school lunch fraud.
Goss set an Aug. 1 date for a defense motion hearing and a Sept. 17 date for her jury trial to begin.
Gov. Nathan Deal removed Riggins from office last week, agreeing with an independent tribunal that her grand jury indictment on charges of filing false school lunch applications affected her ability to serve on the board.
In his executive order suspending Riggins, Deal specified that her seat would remain vacant "until the end of her term or the resolution of the charges, whichever comes first."
Riggins, however, is running unopposed in November's election for the District 3 School Board seat and will retain her position unless she is convicted of the felony charges.
She was indicted in April on four felony counts: two counts of theft by taking, one count of public record fraud and one count of providing false information to obtain free school meals for a child.
Morningside Elementary School Principal Gloria Jean Baker and her husband, John Chester Baker, were also indicted by the same grand jury on similar charges.
The Bakers were indicted on three counts of public record fraud, two counts of theft by taking and two counts of providing false information to obtain free school meals for a child.
The couple is being tried before Superior Court Judge Willie Lockette, who held a motion hearing on June 22.
Lockette's office said Wednesday that a trial date for the Bakers has not yet been set.