According to civil action, filed by District Attorney Leigh Patterson on Tuesday, beginning no later than 2007, Derry Scott Richardson and others engaged in and committed at least two or more acts of racketeering activity, to wit, violation of state law relating to theft against the Floyd County Board of Education.
Richardson, at the time, was a Floyd County Board of Education employee, working in the maintenance department and had authority to submit purchase orders on behalf of the school system.
The complaint states that Richardson and others submitted inflated invoices on behalf of the board of education and would receive cash and merchandise in return.
The purchase orders were for things such as chandeliers and Viking kitchen appliances that are now being used at Richardson’s home.
The monetary amount of the thefts exceeds 600-thousand dollars, according to the complaint.
The state also filed an order for a temporary restraining order and Brian Bojo has been appointed temporary receiver to take immediate possession and control of all such assets and property including any real, personal, tangible or intangible property, including Richardson’s home in Summerville.
According to court documents, Michael J. Lambros is acting as Special Assistant District Attorney.
Apparently another civil action has been filed in Floyd County Superior Court in connection with the case. According to documents filed Wednesday, the temporary receiver is seeking a hearing claiming that Richardson made a withdrawal from his bank after receiving notice of the seizure and temporary restraining order; Richardson allegedly made a withdrawal in the amount of $30,000 from the Summerville location of United Community Bank, and he is now being asked to turn those funds over to the receiver in the case.
A hearing has been set for Tuesday, April 28th at 1:30pm in the courtroom of Judge Walter Matthews.
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