Ten people have been arrested and Floyd County Police Assistant Chief Mark Wallace says they expect more arrests may be forthcoming.

"I think more arrests are probable," Wallace said. The Floyd County Police has been in touch with federal and state tax agencies and federal charges also may be possible in the future.

The following people were arrested Thursday in Floyd County’s RICO investigation. According to Floyd County Jail records and previous court documents:

Former Floyd County Schools maintenance director Derry Richardson, 41, is charged with violation of the Georgia RICO act, theft by taking government property, and violation of Georgia’s records and reports of currency transaction laws. Richardson is accused of spearheading the theft of millions of dollars from the school system through the creation of false and inflated invoices and the diversion of property purchased using school system funds.

Lisa Michelle Richardson, 45, is charged with violation of the Georgia RICO act, theft by taking government property, and violation of Georgia’s records and reports of currency transaction laws. Derry Richardson’s wife, she allegedly picked out a Viking range and zebra-skin chairs, paid for with school system funds, for their Summerville home.

Jimmy Richardson, 72, is charged with violation of the Georgia RICO act, theft by taking government property, and violation of Georgia’s records and reports of currency transaction laws. He is Derry Richardson’s father and is accused of helping his son hide property and equipment.

William Greg McCary, 56, is charged with violation of the Georgia RICO act, theft by taking government property, and violation of Georgia’s records and reports of currency transaction laws. McCary resigned as the lead maintenance specialist for the school system. McCary allegedly received payments from Derry Richardson that Richardson collected through fraudulent invoices.

Robert Mitchell Anderson, 49, is charged with violation of the Georgia RICO act and theft by taking government property. Anderson was a sales representative for City Electric Inc. Anderson allegedly received fake purchase orders from Derry Richardson, and the items, including Viking appliances, provided by City Electric were used in Richardson’s Summerville home.

Russell David Burkhalter, 59, is charged with violation of the Georgia RICO act and theft by taking government property. An electrician, Burkhalter allegedly submitted inflated invoices to the school system and was reimbursed. He allegedly performed all of the electrical work at Richardson’s home.

Samuel Max Tucker, 64, is charged with violation of the Georgia RICO act, theft by taking government property, and a violation of Georgia’s records and reports of currency transaction laws. Tucker, a metal fabricator, is accused of inflating invoices and reporting false purchases, funneling the money back to Derry Richardson. He allegedly installed copper on Richardson’s roof, and Richardson listed the $1,800 cost on an invoice from Tucker to the school system.

Harry Anthony Bailey, 69, is charged with violation of the Georgia RICO act and theft by taking government property. Derry Richardson allegedly bought computer items through Bailey’s Rom Com Inc., billed the school system and gave Bailey additional money. Several Apple computers identified as belonging to the school system were found at Richardson’s home.

Dwayne Lee Richardson, 49, Derry Richardson’s brother, is charged with violation of the Georgia RICO act, theft by taking government property, and a violation of Georgia’s records and reports of currency transaction laws. Dwayne Richardson is accused of setting up Summerville Building & Supply for the sole purpose of laundering money stolen from the school system.

Robert Chad Watson, 39, is charged with violation of the Georgia RICO act, theft by taking government property, and a violation of Georgia’s records and reports of currency transaction laws. Watson, another school system employee who resigned, allegedly received $6,000 through inflated invoices.

Statement from Floyd County Schools Superintendent John Jackson regarding arrests today in the case of theft from the school system: 

"Floyd County Schools appreciates our partnership with participating law enforcement agencies as we work to ensure the most effective use of all education resources for the children of our community. We have had open cooperation with the investigative agencies and we are thankful for their efforts.  

The investigation by local law enforcement is open and ongoing and representatives from the Floyd County Police Department have the most up-to-date information related to the case.  Any statements related to the case would need to come from a law enforcement agency. 

For the school system, we are recovering from the trauma that has been inflicted on the system and the community through this ordeal.  New procedures and processes are in place to improve protection of funds entrusted to educate children and those new procedures are working.  However, we understand that it is vital that the system is vigilant in continuous reviews of purchasing procedures.  Remaining ever watchful over education funding is the key to ensuring that maximum resources are available in the classroom for the benefit of our children."