A company involved in helping schools acquire and maintain technology is under fire for possibly having misappropriated funds. Two employees of the company have been charged with wire fraud. The two work for a Kentucky business that helps schools and libraries to obtain the funds needed to purchase internet access and other telecommunication services.

One man allegedly benefited from proceeds from the program. The charges allege that money went from the program into his personal accounts beginning in 2000 and continuing through 2014. The charges also include allegations of using financial incentives and gifts to steer business toward the accused. The business in question no longer exists.

The accused claims that he is the victim of an attempt at defamation. He stated that every school his company did business with received internet and other services as specified in the service contracts. He claims the defamation attempt is being carried out by a previous business partner and that it stems from allegations going back 20 years that have been the subject of other litigation.

Wire fraud is a serious crime. A person in Kentucky facing such charges has the right to a defense and has the right to have one’s rights protected. If a person is the victim of a defamation attempt, the situation may appear frightening and overwhelming. A knowledgeable attorney in Kentucky can ensure that one’s rights are protected throughout the criminal justice process. The burden of proof of any wrongdoing falls to the prosecution and must be supported by the evidence presented.