blow the whistle
$show the love

Ex-Conyers official gets prison for embezzling $130K for waterslide, Xmas decor

Ex-Conyers official gets prison for embezzling $130K for waterslide, Xmas decor
September 30, 2009 --

Kristi Kirkus Wilson pleaded guilty in June to embezzling $130,000 that she spent on a waterslide, a barn, outdoor Christmas decorations and other home improvements. Today, a federal judge ordered Wilson, former executive director of the Conyers Housing Authority, to pay it all back and serve 18 months in prison.

Ex-Rep. Roger Byrd: 20 years’ probation + $210K restitution

Ex-Rep. Roger Byrd: 20 years' probation + $210K restitution
September 30, 2009 --

Former state Rep. Roger Byrd pleaded guilty Aug. 18 to two counts of theft by taking and was ordered to pay $210,000 in restitution. Byrd got 20 years on probation, but no prison time if he repays the money within 30 months. (If not, he would go to prison for 4 1/2 to 5 years.) Prosecutors said Byrd took $100,000 from the Jeff Davis County Development Authority and another $100,000 from a relocated manufacturer that folded after less than a year, leaving the authority mre than $2 million in debt.

Best of ATL: Unfiltered named ‘best muckraker’ by Creative Loafing

September 30, 2009 --

Atlanta Unfiltered has been named “best muckraker in lean media times” by Creative Loafing. I’m humbled. It’s a privilege to do this work. Six months ago, my biggest doubt was whether I could crank out enough material. That seems to be working out. The financial support … not so much.

Donations or volunteers are always welcome. But Unfiltered may also be the place for you to advertise your cause or business. It’s a way to reach some of Atlanta’s most intelligent and discerning readers — and to keep me neck-deep in the muck.


Sept. 30

September 30, 2009 --

Vick to repay $416K to pension plan Clayton County Commission chairman accused of inappropriate touching Millions of gallons of sewage going into Ocmulgee

High court: DeKalb voters must approve arts center bonds (Sembler, too?)

High court: DeKalb voters must approve arts center bonds (Sembler, too?)
September 29, 2009 --

The Georgia Supreme Court ruled Monday that DeKalb County’s development authority needs voter approval to sell bonds to pay off debt on a new performing arts center. But the impact of the decision could be much broader, requiring a public referendum for virtually any bond issue, including a controversial proposal to help the Sembler Co. complete its Town of Brookhaven mixed-use project with tens of millions of dollars in tax breaks.

Sept. 29

September 29, 2009 --

ATL fined $1.6M for pension glitch Flawed budget threatens C-Tran trains National Board-Certified Teachers: Pay raises were promised Jefferson County magistrate arrested, suspended from duties UGA to expunge former dean’s file of harassment probe

Sept. 28

September 28, 2009 --

DeKalb might buy GM site for new Falcons stadium Homeless Ga. sex offenders directed to woods Habersham County pays $1.2M for land it can’t use A troubled Strategic Vision promises crosstabs with every poll

Ex-speaker to settle condo ethics charge for $2,900

Ex-speaker to settle condo ethics charge for $2,900
September 28, 2009 --

Former Georgia House speaker Terry Coleman has tentatively settled — for $2,900 — an ethics charge that he used campaign money to buy a condo. Coleman’s campaign made $38,120 in payments on the unit, a practice ruled improper by the State Ethics Commission in 2004. Coleman later reimbursed the campaign, but an ethics complaint on the matter has been pending since 2002. “My lawyer called and said they had come up with some sort of settlement,” he said Friday. “I wrote the check.”

Dave Wilkinson, Atlanta Police Foundation president: $215,500

Dave Wilkinson, Atlanta Police Foundation president: $215,500
September 28, 2009 --

It pays well to be Atlanta’s police chief. It pays better, apparently, to be raising money for the police. Dave Wilkinson, president of the Atlanta Police Foundation, made $215,500 in 2008, or 23 cents of every dollar it collected. That’s roughly $15,000 more than Police Chief Richard Pennington makes in a year.

Saxby, golf, campaign $$$: Let the good times roll

Saxby, golf, campaign $$$: Let the good times roll
September 27, 2009 --

When it comes to golf, Sen. Saxby Chambliss has champagne taste. In California, he’s putted with his back to the thundering surf near the 7th hole at Pebble Beach, where a round of golf costs $495. In Florida, he’s driven the ball down the fairways of the Boca Raton Resort, with its signature island green on the 18th hole and its Waldorf Astoria interior. These are among the dozen premiere resorts where Chambliss played golf in 2007 and 2008 at a cost of a quarter-million dollars. Chambliss paid those golf expenses from a political fund, supported almost exclusively by lobbyists, political action committees (PACs) and corporate leaders.

Sept. 27

September 27, 2009 --

State system to track students flawed Barton: Still sweet for Imperial’s sugar boss Damage exceeded flood map boundaries Pumped-up pensions squeeze ATL budget ATL Council member owes thousands in taxes Column: Kingston, revolving doors and money that flows two ways Wingfield: A Georgia professor’s fight for due process Wife’s action helps Facility Group stay afloat […]

Ex-Dodge sheriff charged with buying votes with cash, liquor & drugs

September 26, 2009 --

Cash, alcohol and — gasp! — drugs were used to buy votes on behalf of former Dodge County Sheriff Lawton Douglas in 2004, a federal indictment alleges. Douglas, who served one term and was defeated for re-election last year, and two others will be arraigned Thursday in Dublin on vote-buying charges. He faces up to 30 years in prison.