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Feb. 14

February 14, 2012 --

Muscogee prison investigation finds gross misconduct, abuse, sexual relationships Infection rate too high in 7 Georgia hospitals Line between megachurch and Eddie Long’s estate is murky PARKatlanta writing fraudulent tickets Lobbyist handouts not fully disclosed Atlanta Housing Authority commissioners investigated Construction industry unaffected by illegal immigration law More APS educators barred from classroom Advocates push […]

Oct. 14

October 14, 2011 --

ATL mayor wants new direction at Housing Authority Task Force for the Homeless sues Emory University Augusta investigating fire dep’t for porn use, vehicle misuse Outrage on the Ogeechee Prosecutors pull DUI plea deal for Clayton Co. commissioner 11 ATL educators sanctioned Cobb EMC board already seeing a changing of the guard

2 DeKalb housing officials cleared of ethics allegations

2 DeKalb housing officials cleared of ethics allegations
December 1, 2010 --

Two DeKalb County housing officials were cleared Wednesday of ethics charges stemming from their solicitation of political and charitable contributions from a private developer. George Maddox and Dorothy Williams, both board members of the DeKalb Housing Authority, each accepted $2,500 in donations from the developer. The DeKalb Board of Ethics found no evidence that the transactions influenced their official actions.

HUD: East Point tenants living in unsafe, unsanitary housing

November 30, 2010 --

Tenants of federally subsidized housing in East Point frequently live in unsanitary and unsafe units, even after inspections to identify and correct substandard conditions, investigators reported Monday. Federal inspectors found housing with safety equipment that was broken or missing, broken and missing windows, mold, mildew and roach infestation.

Ethics codes always leave lawyers room to argue

November 29, 2010 --

What’s the difference between an apparent conflict of interest and the real deal? In the world of government ethics, it’s all about the language crafted by the lawyers and the wiggle room they’ve left for other lawyers to argue about. Ethics codes in Georgia vary from one jurisdiction to another. Many prohibit a public officer from trading on his or her position for personal benefit but, as they say, the devil’s in the details.

Finalist for DeKalb housing chief could have a conflict

Finalist for DeKalb housing chief could have a conflict
September 26, 2010 --

The DeKalb County Housing Authority — already beset with questions about gifts of money or services from vendors — may be about to hire another vendor as its next executive director. If Eugene P. “Pete” Walker Jr. becomes DeKalb’s new public housing chief, he will oversee the job performance of his current employer, Mercy Housing Southeast, a non-profit paid to manage several of the authority’s properties. He’s currently Mercy’s president. Walker, one of three finalists for the housing job, also runs Millennium Development Partners, a for-profit company that does financial and bond consulting for the housing authority. Read on…

HUD: DeKalb housing agency misspent $2.5M

August 26, 2010 --

The DeKalb County Housing Authority misspent $2.5 million in restricted funds intended for low-income housing subsidies, federal auditors said Wednesday. The money was used instead to pay administrative expenses including rental cars, office supplies, office space, worker’s compensation and temps’ salaries, they found. Results of a follow-up forensic audit are expected soon.

Aug. 14

August 14, 2010 --

DeKalb school corruption suspects plead not guilty Defeated Clayton Co. candidates file election challenge Fanny-flicking judge apologizes to two women DeKalb Housing Authority hit with critical report Counting new stimulus jobs at ATL airport a challenge Cuban immigrant costs Douglas County $400K

July 26

July 26, 2010 --

Jury awards $17.5M for favoritism in ATL airport contract ESPN finds health violations at ATL arenas Judge rejects two permits for coal plant Ex-judge takes deal in teen drinking case DeKalb CEO looking into housing authority

DeKalb housing chief quits as feds continue probe

DeKalb housing chief quits as feds continue probe
June 3, 2010 --

Sterling Bethea, the executive director of the DeKalb County Housing Authority, resigned Tuesday as federal investigators continued to pore over the agency’s financial records. “He just decided that he wanted to move on,” board member George Maddox said, “and to be honest with you we didn’t have a problem with it.”

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.

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 […]