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Report: Cares Act funding paid for slushy machine maintenance, forklift at racetrack

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Federal Cares Act money was used to pay for a forklift at the Fairgrounds Speedway and repairs to a slushy machine, according to a spending review by the Metro Office of Financial Accountability.

The review was prompted by a series of reporting by News4 Investigates that raised questions about if a vendor – D&D Events Inc. – was properly billing the city for work associated with feeding the homeless at The Fairgrounds Nashville Expo Center last year.

You may have eaten their food at the fireworks shows, or even at Live on the Green. All those events have been put on by D&D Events, owned by Randy Dyce.

Metro Legal has now sent D&D a letter asking for reimbursement of $3,194.71.

The spending review also stated that the vendor billed The Fairgrounds Nashville for hours that it did not pass along to its employees.

As a result, Metro Legal is asking D&D for proof that the vendor’s employees did receive $62,363.25 in outstanding wages.

News4 Investigates repeatedly tried to contact D&D by phone and through email, but did not hear back from the company prior deadlines.

The spending review found that the company rented a forklift, paid through federal Cares Act money, to move supplied and materials needed at the homeless shelter, but also used it at the racetrack.

According to the review, “D&D, based on its own admission, utilized the forklift at a race event.”

The review also found the vendor submitted an invoice for maintenance and repairs to a slushy machine. The review stated that D&D indicated it would reimburse for the slushy machine maintenance or issue a credit memo for future work.

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Chief Investigative Reporter

Jeremy Finley is the chief investigator for News4 Investigates. His reporting has resulted in criminal convictions, legislative hearings before the U.S. Congress, and the payout of more than a million dollars to scam victims.

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