The Floyd County Grand Jury has returned a true bill of indictment against 13 defendants in the years-old RICO investigation into allegations of fraud against the Floyd County Schools that involves Chattooga County resident Derry Scott Richardson and members of his family.
The Rome News Tribune reported Friday, according to the 307-count indictment filed yesterday, Richardson is accused of using his position as the school system’s maintenance director to steal millions of dollars from the public schools — and he included family, friends and coworkers in the ongoing scheme.
Conspirators are accused of creating inflated, and in some cases completely fraudulent, invoices for both construction and maintenance projects.
Family members charged along with Derry Richardson are his wife, Lisa Richardson; his father, Jimmy Richardson; and his brother Dwayne Richardson.
Also charged are Russell David Burkhalter, Samuel Max Tucker, Harry Anthony Bailey, Robert Chad Watson, Charles Raiden Sherman, David Gary English, Rodney Don Holder, Sam Sprewell and James David Fielder.
Two men who were originally accused in the case — William Greg McCary and Robert Mitchell Anderson — are deceased.
Each are charged with a minimum of four counts: conspiring to and acquiring money through a pattern of racketeering activity; conspiring to and participating in an enterprise through a pattern of racketeering activity.
A number of the defendants also are facing numerous counts of theft by taking, bribery and theft by receiving stolen property — all felonies.
Rome News Tribune