Prosecutors allege landscaping contractor overcharged Houston ISD $6 million in kickback scheme with top administrator

HOUSTON (KTRK) — A landscaping business allegedly billed the Houston Independent School District $6 million for work it was contracted to perform, but never completed, according to a filing in federal court this week.

Federal investigators say Southwest Wholesale LLC, which contracts with HISD, overbilled the district hundreds of thousands of dollars annually from 2013 to February 2020, when the FBI raided the district’s administration building and then-HISD Chief Operating Officer Brian Busby’s home.

Court documents filed Wednesday allege Busby “shared in those proceeds by receiving kickbacks and benefits from the contractor, including payments in cash.”

Busby’s attorney Dick DeGuerin denied those allegations, telling 13 Investigates that Busby and Southwest Wholesale LLC president Anthony Hutchison are longtime friends and any money exchanged between the two had nothing to do with HISD, but instead gambling and personal business dealings.

The recent court filing says Southwest Wholesale’s landscaping contract with the district

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