Wake Schools Fraud Investigation

In a bid to withdraw his guilty plea, the former transportation director of the Wake County Public School System’s transportation department, Vern Hatley testified that he accepted items from the Barnes Motor & Parts company because he thought Barnes was happy to have the school system’s business.

Assuming Hatley’s extreme naivete is credible, didn’t the former director question whether accepting over $22,772 worth of goodies – including new carpeting, a television and a laptop computer – was ethical?


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