VERDICT: RICO: GUILTY
SENTENCE: 20 years with seven to serve, 13 years probation, 2,000 hours of community service and a $25,000 fine. She was sentenced as a first offender.
Tamara Cotman, a former School Resource Team Executive Director, was accused of instructing principals to use the controversial ‘go to hell’ memos when GBI agents started investigating the CRCT cheating scandal.
"We are looking very forward to sharing the evidence that will clear all of our names, and my advice to anybody who has lied is I hope you understand the consequences of perjury," Cotman told Channel 2 investigative reporter Mark Winne.
Cotman was the subject of an internal investigation regarding her actions in the CRCT cheating scandal until a Fulton County judge signed a temporary restraining order demanding Atlanta public school officials to halt their internal investigation into Cotman. The Atlanta Public School board then voted to cease its investigation.
Cotman, an educator for 19 years, said she has been reassigned from a job she loved.
“I was heartbroken…. To be reassigned without any affirmation of any allegation, no conviction, nothing, it was very painful,” Cotman said.
“It has been awful. I have cried more. I have prayed more. It has been awful.” Cotman continued. “I’ve spent a lot of time in prayer. I’ve had a lot of people praying for me and with me.”
Cotman faced one count of racketeering. She was cleared on count 4: influencing witnesses.