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The founder of three successful Philadelphia charter schools, charged with wire fraud and obstruction of justice, had retrial scheduled for today delayed.

Dorothy June Brown, 77, had a mental evaluation by a psychologist ordered by Judge Barclay Surrick on Friday, days before her retrial was scheduled to begin.

Brown was accused of embezzling $6.7 million from the charter schools she ran, Laboratory, Ad Prima and Planet Abacus.


In January, a jury deadlocked on 54 counts and acquitted Brown of two others.

The jury also fully acquitted codefendants Michael A. Slade, Jr. and Courteney L. Knight, who worked for Brown.

All three will face the charges again in the retrial.

Two other codefendants, Anthony Smoot and Joan Wood Chalker, pleaded guilty. Sentencing is scheduled for November.

Brown's defense firm, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.