A DeKalb man pleaded guilty Tuesday to defrauding a Virginia city of about $480,000 by falsely promising counseling services for at-risk students in public schools. Keith Hayes, of Decatur, also evaded his personal income taxes, according to the Department of Justice.
The 46-year-old man created a business called A World of Possibilities in 2011. Hayes had "a close personal relationship" with someone employed as the city of Hopewell's Comprehensive Services Act coordinator, according to a DOJ press release. The city employee was not named. Hopewell is about 25 miles southeast of Richmond.
The employee reportedly contracted Haye’s business as the service provider for at-risk Hopewell City Public Schools students. The business billed Hopewell for $480,875 worth of counseling services between November 2011 and June 2015, yet didn’t employ counselors or provide services to any Hopewell student, the statement said.