Decherd water official charged with fraudulent scheme with business

DECHERD, Tennesse (WDEF) – A city official in the town of Decherd has been indicted on theft charges.

City officials brought concerns about financial misdealings to prosecutors.

Investigators say forer water and sewer superintendent James Wesley Parks worked with Puoltry Electric and Hardware owner Jeff Frame to create fraudulent invoices.

The bill was $210,774 over a two and a half year period.

They say Frame’s company submitted bogus invoices for equipment, supplies, chemicals and services that were never delivered.

Both Parks and another ex-city employee got a cut.

James Wesley Parks was indicted by the Franklin County Grand Jury on one county of theft over $60,000.

Business owner Jeff Frame was indicted with the same.

“As with so many of these cases, a significant problem within the City of Decherd allowed this scheme to go undetected for many months,” said Comptroller Justin P. Wilson. “The former superintendent was solely responsible for ordering and approving the purchases from Poultry Electric and Hardware. These responsibilities should be separated.”

City officials have assured the state comptrollers office that the problem is being addressed.

If you suspect fraud, waste or abuse of public money in Tennessee, call the Comptroller’s toll-free hotline at (800) 232-5454, or file a report online at: www.comptroller.tn.gov/hotline.

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