Tennessee Contractor Charged with Theft of Federal Funds
On December 2, 2013, in U.S. District Court, Nashville, Tennessee, Michael Young was charged with theft of federal funds. Young was contracted by the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) to manage federally funded right of way acquisitions on behalf of TDOT. It is alleged Young executed a scheme to obtain over $900,000 from TDOT by falsely representing to TDOT he would procure right of way properties with the proceeds, and instead used the money to manage other personal properties and financial obligations.
Young was also charged under forfeiture statutes and stands to forfeit property valued at approximately $900,000.
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