Legislators were arrested this morning in a sting operation conducted by the FBI, TBI and USDOJ. The sting involved a bogus computer recycling company trying to get legislation passed to their benefit.
Along with several legislators one of those arrested was Hamilton County School Board member Charles Love.
From the Tennessean this morning comes this paragraph:
"The bill would have allowed electronic recycling companies to contract with the state to dispose of surplus state computer equipment not claimed by school districts. Newton said it was pushed by E-Cycle Management Inc., an Atlanta-area company, and Charles Love, a Hamilton County school board member and lobbyist."There were two bills filed this year that may have been used in this sting:
Oddly, in this morning's Chattanooga times-Free Press there is is this:
*HB0037 by *Newton, *Jones U, *Sargent, *Bowers, *Miller L, *Stanley, *Armstrong.
Surplus Property - Broadens types of surplus computer and electronic equipment available to LEAs; requires all surplus computer and electronic equipment not disposed to LEAs to be disposed of by a qualified electronic recycling company by negotiated contract for sale to be disposed of out of state. - Amends TCA Title 12, Chapter 2. (This bill was withdrawn just yesterday.)
andHB0631 by *Jones U. (*SB0028 by *Ford.)
Surplus Property - Provides an alternative method for disposing of certain surplus computer and electronic equipment. - Amends TCA Title 12, Chapter 2.
School board member Love files for bankruptcyUnfortunately, I can't get the Times-Free Press to allow me to read the article.
Hamilton County Board of Education member Charles Love said Wednesday he filed for bankruptcy last week.
There is BIG money in education, as this sting so clearly proves.