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The curious case of the underwater condo

The curious case of the underwater condo
December 21, 2011 --

Four years ago, a lobbyist and a state senator completed a casual real estate deal at an iconic Atlanta-area restaurant. No money appeared to change hands, suggesting a gift worth tens of thousands of dollars, and the senator did not disclose he had acquired a condo in the deal. Both parties now say the paperwork was incorrect. The circumstances illustrate the frequently close relationships between the lobbyists and the lobbied and underscore the importance of fully understanding the information conveyed in public records.

Feb. 27

February 27, 2011 --

ATL principal’s demotion called retaliation Broker: Deal had panel name old friend as real estate commissioner

Perdue’s COO settles ethics complaint over disclosures

Perdue's COO settles ethics complaint over disclosures
December 1, 2010 --

Jim Lientz, Gov. Sonny Perdue’s former chief operating officer, has apparently settled a 4-year-old ethics complaint alleging he had failed to fully disclose his personal financial interests. Details have not been released, but a consent order with Lientz is on the agenda for the State Ethics Commission’s meeting tomorrow. Consent orders typically involve payment of a fine.

Sept. 8

September 8, 2010 --

Ex-peanut exec back to work after salmonella case DeKalb schools won’t release accreditation papers Attorneys dispute effect of voter ID law Cornelia bank doomed by real estate, lax management Complaint: Police captain ‘cut shirt to reveal bra & cleavage’ ATL’s watershed commissioner resigns Warner Robins audit process raises questions Douglasville judge takes heat for tossing […]

July 24

July 24, 2010 --

Cobb public safety director has Wednesday deadline to prove military record FDIC: Real estate push sank cash-rich bank Madison Co. superintendent embroiled in scandal Election investigation under way in Brooks County Congressman’s press secretary apologizes for Keown letter

Brian Kemp, Ga. Secretary of State: $33,624

Brian Kemp, Ga. Secretary of State: $33,624
June 15, 2010 --

Brian P. Kemp, a former state senator from Athens, reported income of about $33,000 in 2009 from his various real estate interests. But with $92,000-plus in expenses, he reported a net loss of $58,815 for the year.

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…