Judge sentences Isaac Culver to 7 years in Bibb County Schools fraud case
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A judge has sentenced Isaac J. Culver III and his company, Progressive Consulting Technologies, Inc., for his involvement in the multi-million dollar Bibb County School District fraud case.
Judge Marc Treadwell delivered the sentencing on Thursday several months after the PCTI CEO’s nine-day trial came to an end in July. His company was also sentenced five years probation and a $500,000 fine.
During the trial, the government tried to prove to a jury that Culver helped facilitate the sale of 15,000 defective NComputing devices to the school district for $3.7 million. $2 million of that money went to PCTI during the exchange.
“The greed that drove Isaac Culver caused irreparable harm to the company he worked for, the citizens of Bibb County, and most importantly the students who were deprived of much needed tools to further their education,” according to Chris Hacker, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Atlanta Field Office.
The devices were supposed to be a technology upgrade for children in the school system. This was back in 2012.
“Bibb County students are the ones who ultimately lost the most due to this multi-million dollar theft of taxpayer money. Instead of being used to enhance the education of Bibb County students, the Defendant used the money to enrich himself,” said Charles E. Peeler, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia.
The devices didn’t come with a mouse, keyboard, monitor or server so they were virtually useless. The government also found that Culver helped create a fake invoice with the name of another company on it when in fact his company PCTI were the buyers of the equipment.
That jury ultimately found Culver guilty for 10 counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud. He was also found guilty of conspiracy to launder the proceeds of unlawful activity.