by Max Brantley
Over the following year, the investigation continued to turn up sobering discoveries of fraud and bribery.The money taken could have fed millions. Some of the recipients claimed to be feeding as many as 300 children when they were feeding none. The state has reorganized the system. No longer does one employee have responsibility for approving applicants, making inspections and disbursing money.
In one case, a provider named Christopher Nichols submitted a claim to open two meal sites through an organization called “A Vision for Success.” Both locations were approved by King, his aunt.
One site was discovered to be an auto repair shop in North Little Rock owned by Nichols’s uncle Anthony Waits. The other address was nonexistent.