School Board President Chooses Friend Over Ethics Learns Hard Lesson

Posted on May 14, 2022

The former board president for the Madison County School District, Albert Morrison, was charged with tax evasion and failure to file tax returns.

Morrison was president of the school board from 2012 to 2018, and during that time was instrumental in awarding several lucrative maintenance and construction contracts to his good friend, John David, the owner of Emergency Restoration. In order to avoid competition for David, the district, under Morrison’s instruction, sidestepped the bidding requirements by splitting up invoices and classifying all repairs as emergencies. Morrison also arranged the sale of three acres of school property to David for $60,000, well under the land’s value, which at the time was estimated to be worth almost half a million dollars.

In exchange for the business, David made payments to Comfort Consulting, a company owned solely by Morrison. From 2014 to 2018 David wrote checks to Comfort Consulting totaling $561,667.

Morrison did not declare any of the payments made to Comfort Consulting on his tax returns and did not file returns altogether from 2015 to 2018. He avoided paying approximately $118,200 in taxes and faces up to 20 years in prison.

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