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Fraudulent scheme costs city of Decherd more than $210,000
The Tennessee Comptroller’s Office, working in conjunction with the 12th Judicial District Attorney’s criminal investigator, has revealed that the City of Decherd’s former water and sewer superintendent and a local business owner engaged in a fraudulent billing and kickback scheme that cost the city at least $210,774. City officials first identified questionable activity and brought their concerns to the Comptroller’s Office and District Attorney’s office. Investigators found that during the period January 2012 through August 2014, former superintendent James Wesley Parks assisted Poultry Electric and Hardware owner Jeff Frame in creating fraudulent invoices to the city totaling $210,774.