Tribune-Courier News Editor
DRAFFENVILLE – A report presented to former North Marshall Water Board members in March has been circulating throughout the county. In it, board attorneys Martin Johnson and Kip Mathis gave their findings on six separate allegations leveled against former superintendent Brad Anderson.
The report, provided to the Tribune-Courier by county resident Ray Langston, is printed in a paid advertisement in its entirety on page A8. On Monday, Johnson said he could not comment on the report.
Anderson was scheduled to appear in Marshall County Circuit Court Monday on a single charge of theft by unlawful taking, more than $500. His attorney, Charlie Brien, said they will defend the charge in court.
“[The Kentucky State Police] issued one criminal charge, which Brad has denied again and again,” Brien said. “Brad looks forward to presenting his side in a fair forum.”
The case has been delayed at the request of Brien and special prosecutor David Hargrove. It has been placed on the court docket for Sept. 6.
In January, a Marshall County Grand Jury returned an indictment against Anderson for allegedly taking a check from a water district customer for $4,528.85 for pipe laying. Anderson allegedly deposited the check into his personal account and has entered a not-guilty plea to the charge.
Brien said he had contacted the previous board– of which four members have been replaced by the Marshall County Fiscal Court– to address Johnson and Mathis’s report. Brien said he was not given the opportunity.
According to the report “Anderson appears to have breached his fiduciary duty to the district and abused public trust.”
The report cited installing a water main along Walton Lane without consent, using Watervision 2020 materials without consent, accepting a personal check written to him for work done by the district, depositing the proceeds from sale of district goods into his personal checking account and using district equipment for personal use.
Much of the report concerns the installation of water lines. According to Johnson and Mathis’s findings, Anderson and another district employee used NMWD equipment to install 700 feet of water main along Walton Lane with the “knowledge or consent of Water Vision 2020 or the board.” Both Anderson and the other employee, Jeremiah Noles, live on the road.
The sale of scrap metal was also discussed, namely checks for $300 and $250 in March and July. Anderson turned the funds over to the district in November, saying the funds had been held to pay for the district’s Christmas party. The surplus goods were not put up for bid.
The report also references a complaint filed by former bookkeeper Paula Boling. Boling was suspended before her employment with the district earlier this year. The former board cited conduct unbecoming an employee of the North Marshall Water District.
The report also questions multiple purchases, such as equipment rental and weed killer, as well as signatures that were allegedly forged.