Columbus Police say they are conducting an investigation to see if fraud was committed after someone from the school district contacted them. The investigation involves allegations that an auto repair shop overquoted when doing a comparison of lowering springs and coilovers, and then overcharged the Muscogee County School District by more than $12,000.
News 3’s Sarah Panko talked to the Columbus lawyer who says he brought these concerns to the school district months ago. Last August, Charlie Miller says his client came to him with concerns over a school bus air conditioning bid with the school district.
Miller says his client, Truck Air Service, saw school buses at Moseley Auto Repair of Columbus, even though the bid specified that all repairs on school buses must be made on school property and on weekends only. Millers goes on to say that he filed a request for invoices and found that Moseley Auto Repair billed the district for more than the 12% parts mark-up that they agreed on in the bid.
In some cases, Miller says he saw a mark-up of more than 800% on one item.
Miller says he brought a copy of a binder with evidence to the school district in March. He says that a month later, school officials called him and told them that they are giving the contract to his client, who lost the bid to Moseley Auto Repair.
News 3 has reached out to both the superintendent and Moseley Auto Repair, but there has been no response.