Alabama Computer Store Owner Indicted for Fraud
On June 20, 2018, Steven Mays, operator of Mays Computer Company, Inc., was indicted in U.S. District Court, Peoria, Illinois, on charges of mail and wire fraud, interstate transportation of stolen property, and theft of Government property.
The Computers for Learning Program (CFL) allowed schools and nonprofit educational organizations to receive excess Federal government computer equipment at no cost. The indictment alleges that, between 2007 and 2017, Mays defrauded CFL when he obtained computer equipment supposedly for the Dwight Baptist Academy in Dwight, Illinois. In fact, Mays fraudulently acquired most of the equipment for his personal benefit. The computer equipment originally cost the United States Government over $22 million.
DOT-OIG is conducting this investigation with EPA-OIG, General Services Administration OIG, Department of Justice OIG, and the Postal Service OIG.
Note: Indictments, informations, and criminal complaints are only accusations by the Government. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.