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Brother of cleared woman frustrated after Lewis plea deal

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ELLENWOOD, Ga. -

The brother of a woman originally indicted but later cleared in the DeKalb County school corruption scandal is frustrated his late sister was never publicly vindicated.

Cointa Moody was only 51 when she died suddenly in January of natural causes.

Moody's brother, Cleveland Dollison, tells FOX 5's Portia Bruner that she died with a broken heart, never having the chance to clear her name from the DeKalb school corruption scandal that cast doubt on the respected minister's character for years.

Moody was the administrative assistant for Patricia Reid, the former Chief Operating Officer for the DeKalb County district.

Prosecutors have accused Reid of funneling $80 million in construction contracts to architect Tony Pope, who was her husband at the time.

Dr. Crawford Lewis was the school superintendent at the time who was accused of aiding in what prosecutors called an elaborate racketeering scheme.

A DeKalb County Grand Jury indicted all four in 2010.

The district fired Moody from the job her brother says she loved, and she soon lost her job.

After years of denying any wrongdoing, Dr. Lewis pled guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge of obstruction in exchange for his testimony against Pope and Reid when they go on trial later in October.

"For 2.5 years he's been saying he's not guilty and 'I can't wait for my day in court.' Then he makes a deal, maybe he'll do a year, maybe he won't. But my sister didn't get the chance to hear her name vindicated," Dollison said at Moody's Ellenwood grave site.

When a grand jury re-indicted Lewis last year on more serious charges, Dollison says there was little made of the fact that the charges against his sister were dropped.  He says that's why his sister went to her grave with many still believing she was involved in the corruption scandal.

According to the brother, "unfortunately, we live in a society where you are guilty until you're proven innocent. And for years, my sister was all over television looking guilty."

Dollison says his sister held her head high until the end, knowing if no one else did, that she never committed a crime.

"I'm just glad her story is finally being told," Collison said Thursday.

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