During an FBI investigation, MARTA discovered that Erves was sentenced in 1987 to 41 months in federal prison for a cocaine-related conviction. Erves and three co-defendants pleaded guilty to conspiracy after DEA agents busted them with nearly 2 kilos of the drug.
Erves was released from prison in 1992, according to court records.
From approximately June 2010 to December 2016, Erves had fake invoices prepared on behalf of the three vendors he previously retained for more than 40 maintenance projects, according to Horn’s statement.
Those vendors were paid despite never having performed any work, Horn said, and the majority of the money went into Erves’ personal accounts.
Erves spent that money on expenses such as a Porsche 911 and purchases at high-end department stores, Horn said.
Erves was charged Aug. 24 with one count of federal program theft. A date for sentencing has not been announced.
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