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Former ethics top cop admits to corruption

March 23, 2015 --

By JIM WALLS March 23, 2015 — The state ethics commission’s former top investigator pleaded guilty today to federal corruption charges. Robert Bentivegna, as a Dunwoody police detective in 2011, misused his access to the Georgia Crime Investigation Center’s database in exchange for valuable gifts for himself and his family, federal prosecutors said. He pleaded […]

Supremes reinstate dismissed DeKalb fire captain

Supremes reinstate dismissed DeKalb fire captain
January 9, 2012 --

A DeKalb County fire captain won his job back today as the Georgia Supreme Court ruled CEO Burrell Ellis must abide by decisions of a hearing officer, the county’s Merit System Council and a Superior Court judge. Capt. Sell Caldwell III was one of several firefighters who were dismissed after a fatal 2010 house fire in Dunwoody.

Feb. 2

February 2, 2010 --

Columbus attorney says prosecutors had vendetta to ruin him The curious case of Ken Hodges, Part II Did Oxendine use investigation to influence Westmoreland? UGA journalism professor cleared of all charges Democrats want ethics panel member suspended Ex-APD chief of staff gets probation for smuggling phone to son in jail DeKalb fire chief resigns after […]

DeKalb dismisses 4 firefighters who left scene of fatal blaze

January 29, 2010 --

DeKalb County terminated four firefighters Friday for neglect of duty after finding they had left the scene — without leaving their trucks — of a reported fire that killed an elderly Dunwoody woman.

Firefighters left without knocking on door at fatal Dunwoody blaze

January 28, 2010 --

DeKalb fire officials left the scene of a fatal Dunwoody house fire Sunday without knocking on the door to check the address, investigators say in a report released today. Investigators said the address for Ann Bartlett’s home was not visible from the street. House numbers on either side were visible, which “should have provided a clue of the location of 1687 Houghton Court North.” But no one walked up Bartlett’s driveway to check.

Ponzi schemes: McDonough lawyer to prison, Hoschton broker pleads guilty

November 5, 2009 --

Federal prosecutors announced action in two unrelated Ponzi schemes this afternoon: Former McDonough attorney Steven H. Ballard, 53, was sent to prison for five-plus years for a scam that netted more than $1 million, and former Hoschton mortgage broker Edward William Farley, 47, pleaded guilty to fraud charges involving more than 150 victims and $20 million in losses. Farley will be sentenced in February. Read the news releases…

Rep. Hugh Floyd files financial disclosure; 15 other lawmakers still delinquent

Rep. Hugh Floyd files financial disclosure; 15 other lawmakers still delinquent
September 17, 2009 --

Hugh Floyd, a state legislator from Norcross, filed a disclosure of his personal finances a week ago, two months after the deadline set by state law. That still leaves 15 legislators who haven’t filed their 2008 disclosures, which were due July 1; five of them have not filed their 2007 reports, either. Why is this important? It’s not, unless you want to know whether your elected officials are keeping a proper distance between the public interest and their own private interests.

Chapman, Collins file late disclosures; 16 more lawmakers to go

Chapman, Collins file late disclosures; 16 more lawmakers to go
September 7, 2009 --

State Sen. Jeff Chapman of Brunwick finally filed his 2008 personal financial disclosure last week, two months after it was due. It came just a couple days before he jumped in the governor’s race. Disclosures for Rep. Toney Collins and Sen. John Meadows have also turned up. That leaves 16 legislators, including 15 Democrats, who haven’t filed a disclosure yet this year. Five of them didn’t file one last year either.

Shafer files disclosure; still waiting on 19 other legislators

Shafer files disclosure; still waiting on 19 other legislators
August 7, 2009 --

State Sen. David Shafer was the only delinquent legislator in the last week to file his personal financial disclosure statement, which was due July 1. Good for him, but not so much for the 19 other General Assemblers who still haven’t filed theirs. Elected officials make these disclosures so you know how they earn a living, what businesses they’re interested in and where they own real estate — all good things to know about people who are handling your money. Maybe no one cares but us, but it is the law. We’re still waiting on three Republicans and 16 Democrats to give us the goods. The list …

Disbarred McDonough attorney admits $2 million Ponzi scheme

July 9, 2009 --

News release from the U.S. Attorney in Atlanta: STEVEN H. BALLARD, 53, of McDonough, Georgia pleaded guilty today in federal district court to committing a real estate investment scam that lasted over five and a half years and defrauded over a dozen victims in Georgia, Florida and Tennessee.