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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, February 1, 2019

Second Defendant Convicted In Multi-Million Dollar Scheme Defrauding Bibb County Schools, Taxpayers

Wire Fraud Conviction Carries Maximum 20-year Prison Sentence

MACON— A panel of citizen jurors returned a guilty verdict this evening following a one week trial of a man involved in a complex scheme to defraud the Bibb County School System (BCSD), said Charles “Charlie” Peeler, the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia. Dave Carty, 49, of Macon, was found guilty on one count of wire fraud Friday evening. The Honorable Marc Treadwell presided over the trial, which began Monday, January 28, 2019 in Macon federal court. 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. 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, ten (10) counts of wire fraud, one count of mail fraud, and conspiracy to launder the proceeds of unlawful activity. Mr. Culver was sentenced to 87 months in prison and three years supervised release in November. Today’s wire fraud conviction carries a maximum 20 years imprisonment and $250,000 fine. A sentencing date has not been set for Mr. Carty.

“The conviction of Dave Carty affirmatively denounces the greed and corruption of two businessmen who stole from the Bibb County School System. The damage done was more than money. These individuals stole the opportunity for an improved education for Bibb County school children. Mr. Carty will now be held accountable for his crime, just as Isaac Culver, who sits behind bars today, was held accountable for his crimes. Today’s verdict offers our citizens a measure of justice and brings to a close what has been a difficult period for the Bibb County School System and the entire Macon community,” said Charles “Charlie” Peeler, the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia.

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.

Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
Public Corruption
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Updated February 4, 2019