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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Georgia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, May 20, 2019

Judge Sentences Macon Man Found Guilty Of Fraud In Multi-Million Dollar Bibb County School District Computer Case

MACON – A businessman convicted in a complex scheme to defraud the Bibb County School District (BCSD) will spend 50 months in prison for his crime, announced Charles “Charlie” Peeler, the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia. Dave Carty, 49, of Macon, was found guilty on February 1, 2019 of one count of Wire Fraud following a week-long trial in federal court. Today, the Honorable Marc Treadwell sentenced Mr. Carty to 50 months in prison and 3 years supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.

Mr. Carty was charged in connection to the sale of 15,000 NComputing devices for $3.7 million to upgrade classroom technology for BCSD in 2012. Mr. Carty prepared the template for an invoice that was ultimately presented to the BCSD to purchase the devices for $3.7 million.  The actual cost of the devices was $1.7 million.  Mr. Carty’s invoice did not reflect the donation of 4,000 devices that NComputing intended for the BCSD.  The invoice also included charges for services provided by NComputing at no cost.  A co-defendant, Isaac Culver, was found guilty in July 2018 by a jury of his peers for Conspiracy to Commit Wire and Mail Fraud, Mail Fraud, Conspiracy to Launder the Proceeds of Unlawful Activity and ten counts of Wire Fraud. Mr. Culver was sentenced to 87 months in prison and three years of supervised release in November.

“The defendants’ scheme defrauded the Bibb County School District of millions of dollars, but the real victims are the school children who were deprived of educational opportunities as a result of this fraud,” said Charles “Charlie” Peeler, the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia. “Our office will continue to vigorously pursue criminals who attempt to steal from taxpayers.  I want to thank the FBI and IRS for their exemplary efforts in this case.”

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Internal Revenue Service. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Beth Howard and Danial Bennett are prosecuting the case for the Government with participation and cooperation of Special Assistant U.S. Attorney David McLaughlin from the Georgia Office of the Attorney General.

Questions concerning this case can be directed to Pamela Lightsey, Public Information Officer, United States Attorney’s Office, at (478) 621-2603 or Melissa Hodges, Public Affairs Director (Contractor), United States Attorney’s Office, at (478) 765-2362.

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Financial Fraud
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Updated May 20, 2019