Auto Supplier Admits Role In Wake Schools Fraud Scheme
Posted March 5, 2006
Updated November 18, 2006
Wilson-based Barnes Motor & Parts chain agreed to pay a $2.5 million criminal fine and a $500,000 civil fine to the school system -- the largest settelement ever ordered by Wake County Judge Donald Stephens.
In pleading guilty, Barnes took responsibility for the actions of its employees -- former regional manager Bobby Browder and Connie Capps, a former manager at the company's Raleigh store.
In October 2005, Browder and Capps pleaded guilty for their roles in the scheme that siphoned at least $3.8 million from the school system.