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Community Enhancement Division employees investigated

(WMC-TV) - Serious allegations are being leveled against several employees of the Memphis Community Enhancement Division.

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton recently had an interim director escorted from City Hall over accusations that he used city resources for personal benefit.

Those on paid administrative leave are the division director Johnie McKay, ground maintenance manager Michael Todd, ground crew foreman Gregory Boone, and zone manager for housing improvement Clarence Coleman, who has since retired.

All the allegations happened under McKay's watch.

"The various incidents happened under his watch as director," said Memphis Chief Administrative Officer George Little.

The city is conducting an internal investigation into the improper use of city time, resources and workers for private gain or personal businesses.

While the city is not discussing the specific details of what each of the four is accused of doing, Todd is accused of acquiring condemned properties for little or no cost.

"There is no probation for an employee to own a business," said Little.  "The allegation is that he may have used his official position for personal gain in relation to that business."

The rest of the allegation against him is that city crews may have cut the grass at the properties he took possession of.  One of those houses is on Tampa Avenue.

"I don't see nobody doing no work except cutting the grass," said neighbor Arthur Dugger.  "Maybe once a month or something like that."

Neighbors said they were thrilled when the city started taking care of the property by cutting the lawn.  They said the grass had previously been high and they had to worry about snakes.

Records show the property on Tampa Avenue has been owned by Todd and his personal real estate company since 2010.

Along with the internal investigation, the city is turning their information over to the Shelby County District Attorney's Office, the US Attorney's Office and the FBI.

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