A. Stephan Botes
It was a long fall for South African businessman Andries Stephan Botes. The 52-year-old went from mover and shaker in computer consulting to federal prisoner 56403-019 – and to forever being linked with an election scandal that landed Georgia’s first woman elected to statewide office in jail.
Today, Botes spends his days in Dalby, a privately managed, low- security prison in northeast Texas. He is the former chairman and CEO of Computer Consulting Services Corp., as well as other affiliated companies, including Uniting Networks Inc. and Global Executive Management LLC. Botes was accused of receiving more than $600,000 in Georgia Department of Education contracts and funneling much of the money to then-School Superintendent Linda Schrenko’s failed gubernatorial campaign.
Botes maintained his innocence, even posting the results of a private lie detector test on computer whiz blogging sites. Still, he was found guilty on 15 counts including embezzling federal funds, conspiracy to commit a scheme to defraud the state and wire fraud. His conviction appeal was denied in August 2008.
In December, the Department of Labor filed suit against the defunct software company over its failure to pay out contributions and loan payments withheld from employee wages for the company’s 401(k) plan.
His scheduled release date is June 2013, a few months before Schrenko’s scheduled release.