TN Man Charged in Murray Bid Rigging Case
By West Kentucky Star Staff
NASHVILLE, TN - A former technology director for a Tennessee school district is facing charges for his alleged role in a bid rigging scheme involving a Murray, KY business.

In a report released September 2, the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office details a list of accusations against Ashley Jordan, former Director of Technology for the Crockett County School Department. Officials say Jordan got kickbacks in exchange for more than $1 million of school technology business to Integrated Computer Solutions, of Murray, KY.

Kickbacks reportedly included high-end cookware, Waterford crystal, a $7,000 Rolex watch, Vera Bradley bags, a Garmin GPS system, flat screen televisions, an air conditioning unit for a bus, St. Louis Cardinals baseball tickets and jewelry. Jordan is a former employee at ICS, a now defunct company owned by Murray businessman Chuck Jones.   

Investigators said they discovered that Jordan falsified bids and quotes, created fake invoices, and forged a signature in an effort to steer school business to ICS. The investigation also revealed that Jordan stole at least $5,923 by falsifying an invoice from ICS. Jordan also allegedly misappropriated $5,451 by keeping seven school computers and other supplies at his home. Investigators say Jordan admitted that he received kickbacks, falsified bids and invoices, used school equipment and supplies to perform work on his personal business during school hours and stole from the Crockett County School Department.

Jordan resigned from his position at the School Department last July. He was indicted by a Crockett County Grand Jury on July 20 on charges of theft over $10,000, tampering with evidence, and official misconduct.

“Our investigators identified that Mr. Jordan was able to make purchases without following proper school procedures,” said Comptroller Justin P. Wilson. “Our auditors also reported purchasing deficiencies in the Crockett County School Department in 2011, 2013, and 2014. School leaders must take steps to ensure compliance.” 

Charges have not yet been filed against Jones.

Click the link below to read the full report.

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Comptroller's Report

Published 04:23 PM, Tuesday Sep. 08, 2015
Updated 06:33 PM, Wednesday Sep. 09, 2015

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