MONROE, NC (WBTV) - Prosecutors in Union county have cleared the superintendent and two other employees in Union County Public Schools of any criminal wrongdoing after allegations the three had violated conflict of interest laws in forming two businesses with an outside contractor who did business with the district.
Superintendent Mary Ellis, Assistant Superintendent Mike Webb and Director of Technology Tony Burrus formed two companies with a fourth man, Scott Mooneyham, who was head of public sector sales for Lenovo.
Lenovo held multiple large contracts to supply the district with Chromebook computers for students.
Mooneyham has left his position at Lenovo since the conflict of interest allegations first arose.
Friday afternoon, the Union County District Attorney's Office said it found the three school district employees did not violate any laws.
"Following an investigation by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, no criminal charges will be sought against Union County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Mary Ellis and two other UCPS employees," the office said in a release."
Following the announcement from prosecutors, an attorney for Webb and Burrus said this is the result his clients expected all along.
"We've known the whole time that this investigation was going on that there'd be only one result and that result would be a complete and total closure and dismissal of the matter," attorney John Snyder said. "It's been clear from the start that my client and others involved in the investigation had nothing to hide, did nothing wrong and are some of the finest public servants I've ever had the opportunity to work with."
Snyder said his clients still face an internal school district investigation, which he said should be discontinued in the wake of the announcement from the SBI and prosecutors clearing Ellis, Webb and Burrus of any wrongdoing.
A spokeswoman for Union County Public Schools did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment late Friday afternoon.
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