Alleged grass cutting scheme cheated Memphis and taxpayers out of $1.6 million


MEMPHIS, Tenn. ( – The feds say a former city of Memphis employee ran a grass cutting scheme for seven years that bilked the city and taxpayers out of at least $1.6 million.

A federal indictment released Monday states Leon Blackmon, Sr., was an analyst with the city responsible for selecting vendors to maintain city-owned properties. 

The indictment states from 2006 to 2016 it turned into a cash cow for nine family members and friends Blackmon recruited. They created lawn companies, and submitted fake invoices for cutting grass and would then get a cut of the payments. Because the payments were mailed to the suspects, they all face mail fraud charges.

Blackmon is also charged with lying to federal investigators.

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