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No ‘magic shield’ protects agencies targeted by investigators

No 'magic shield' protects agencies targeted by investigators
January 5, 2012 --

Exactly three years ago today, I requested records of credit card statements for former Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill. A week or two later, after someone let it slip that the sheriff’s office had a bank account that other county officials didn’t know about, I asked for those records too.

I’m still waiting. Legally, though, there’s no valid reason that I should be.

Audit: ATL code compliance looked good — after cooking the books

Audit: ATL code compliance looked good -- after cooking the books
July 12, 2010 --

Atlanta’s Office of Code Compliance manipulated inspection data to inflate the agency’s caseload and vastly overstate its performance, city auditors say. Its files were such a mess that workers often couldn’t even find paperwork for a particular case. Auditors said the office staff was told to record inspection dates even if no inspection had occurred. For one month, the faulty data made it appear the average inspection was conducted 14 days after the complaint came in; auditors calculated it really took nearly six months.

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 […]