The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation reports the transportation supervisor for the Johnson County Board of Education has been indicted on charges of theft.
The TBI says the indictment against 57-year-old Barry L. Bishop, was the result of a joint investigation by its agents and the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury’s office.
Agents said they began their investigation in May 2018 at the request of First District Attorney General Ken Baldwin.
During the probe, agents said they found out from between January 2015 to May 2017, Bishop used his position to perform skills testing for commercial driver’s license applicants. Agents said Bishop collected nearly $50,000 in fees in association with the testing but failed to give the funds to the Johnson County Trustee.
Bishop was indicted by Johnson County Grand Jury and charged with one count of theft over $10,000. The TBI says he was arrested and booked into the Johnson County Jail on a $15,000 bond.
In response, Johnson County Director of Schools Mischelle Simcox issued this statement to News Channel 11:
Johnson County Schools learned of Mr. Barry Bishop’s arrest when he was taken into custody on January 3, 2019. The school system was later told that Mr. Bishop’s theft charge stemmed from a joint investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office. Johnson County Schools has and always will remain transparent with the Comptroller’s Office, and the school system will certainly cooperate in any way with the authorities in relation to this matter.