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June 5

June 5, 2009 --

Gwinnett land deal stalls after DA’s threat Legislators challenge Cobb tax valuations

Pam Stephenson’s law degree questioned in ex-CEO’s lawsuit

Pam Stephenson's law degree questioned in ex-CEO's lawsuit
June 4, 2009 --

State Rep. Pam Stephenson (right), chair of the Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority, insists she has a law degree, even though a registrar says the school transcript does not show it. The proof, it would seem, is not in the pudding, but in a sealed envelope tucked away in a file cabinet on the fifth floor of […]

Former Conyers Housing Authority Director Pleads Guilty

June 3, 2009 --

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 6/3/09 CONTACT:  Patrick Crosby,  (404)581-6016, http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/gan/ FAX (404)581-6160 FORMER CONYERS HOUSING AUTHORITY DIRECTOR PLEADS GUILTY Defendant Stole Over $100,000 in HUD Money, Mostly for Her Personal Use Atlanta, GA – KRISTI KIRKUS WILSON, 44, of Conyers, Georgia, pleaded guilty today in federal district court to theft of U.S. Housing and Urban […]

Vital Records chief ‘paranoid’ about job — here’s why

Vital Records chief 'paranoid' about job -- here's why
June 3, 2009 --

Georgia’s $96,000-a-year vital records director was “very paranoid about his job and was always afraid that he was going to lose it,” a GBI investigative report says. Now we know why. The GBI file, released Tuesday, shows co-workers found six boxes of unprocessed paperwork in director Richard Wheat’s office over spring break, and even more […]

Ex-Chattooga County judge facing possible $100K fine

Ex-Chattooga County judge facing possible $100K fine
June 3, 2009 --

The State Elections Board hasn’t decided an alleged vote-fixing case in Chattooga County yet, but they sure sounded Tuesday like they want to drop the hammer on former State Court Judge Carlton Vines (right). “We’re looking at basically a $100,000 fine,” board member Randy Evans said, drawing a gasp from spectators in the packed room. […]

June 3

June 3, 2009 --

EPA looking for likely carcinogen in NW Ga. drinking water Georgia reports six secondary violations to NCAA

Pat Swindall

Pat Swindall
June 2, 2009 --

Swindall, a former two-term congressman from DeKalb, was convicted in 1989 of lying to a grand jury in a federal sting investigation. An undercover IRS agent testified that Swindall discussed the possible use of $850,000 in illegal drug proceeds to finance cost overruns in the construction of his Stone Mountain house. He served a year […]

Auditors find weak workers’ comp coverage, enforcement

June 2, 2009 --

Nearly half the eligible businesses in Georgia may not carry workers’ compensation insurance as required, state auditors say. If that’s true, roughly 1.5 million workers potentially would not be covered in the event of a workplace accident. The state’s methods of monitoring compliance are inefficient and could be improved with the use of relatively simple […]

June 2

June 2, 2009 --

Feds rip Georgia voter system

Ralph David Abernathy III

Ralph David Abernathy III
June 1, 2009 --

1999: Abernathy went to prison for 15 months for stealing $5,700 through false expense vouchers and offering an aide $2,700 to lie about it to the GBI. After his release, he went back for 11 more months for bilking two women of $35,000 by promising to win their loved ones’ release from prison. 1998: Alerted […]

Michael Vick, NFL quarterback: $1,350,000

June 1, 2009 --

Not really a salary, but … the U.S. Labor Department alleges former Falcons quarterback Vick improperly withdrew $1.35 million in a little over a year from the pension plan for employees of MV7, his marketing firm (back when he had an image worth marketing).

‘Consistent rejection, lack of cooperation’ from ATL police

June 1, 2009 --

By JIM WALLS Atlanta police are breaking the law that requires them to turn over files to a citizen oversight board that investigates complaints against officers, one of the law’s chief sponsors says. Police – and Mayor Shirley Franklin’s chief of staff – counter that they’re actually upholding state law protecting open investigative files by […]