Bernard Kendrick, co-hort indicted on federal charges

Published 2:27 pm Thursday, November 12, 2015

AMERICUS — After two and a half years, word has finally come on the FBI’s investigation into the case of misappropriation of funds in the City of Americus.
Vernon Bernard Kendrick, former public works director for the City, and Lynne Melvin were both indicted on 10 counts each of theft from a local government receiving federal funds. The indictments were handed down in September by a federal grand jury. They have both been arrested.
According to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia Albany Division documents, Melvin formed a corporation, Genesis Contracting & Consulting Services, LLC, on Sept. 15, 2010. On Sept. 15, 2010, Melvin formed another company, Genesis Grant Services, LLC.
Kendrick, in his role as public works director, had Melvin write grant applications for grants that never materialized.

Kendrick had his initial appearance, was arraigned, and released on an unsecured bond.  Melvin had an initial appearance in Atlanta and was released on an unsecured bond.  Her arraignment is tentatively set for November 17.
The City paid Genesis $271,500 between September 2010, and September 2011, to write the grants, according to the indictment.