First, pre-heat oven to 425 degrees: A recipe for ‘cooking the books’

The Facility Group, its chairman/CEO Robert L. Moultrie, chief operating officer Nixon Cawood and executive vice president Charles Morehead are alleged to have made illegal campaign donations to win the contract for a state-backed beef plant in Mississippi.

The company then inflated costs to recoup that money and more, prosecutors allege.

Former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove, now a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, is thought to be the unnamed and unindicted public official who received the contributions.

In one document dump from last week, revealed tidbits include the allegation that the Facility Group charged $423,000 for insurance that only cost the company $40,000, and the discovery of false time sheets to “cook the books to back up the false hours.”

Prosecutors also say that have a hand-written formula, penned by company controller, the company used to double-bill the cost of its employees. It goes something like this:

An employee who earns $100 an hour also gets health insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, disability insurance. Social Security and bonuses must be paid. So the true cost is $130 an hour. So that’s a bottom-line ratio of $1.30 of cost for every $1 paid to an employee.

Atlanta Journal Constitution