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Sept. 11

September 11, 2009 --

Ga. ex-judge switches plea to guilty in corruption Attorneys: Imperial Sugar fired key witness FDIC audit: Regulators too slow Moultrie mental health facility closed despite state recommendation

Ex-speaker’s tax payment stemmed from 2007 embezzlement case

Ex-speaker's tax payment stemmed from 2007 embezzlement case
September 11, 2009 --

Former House Speaker Terry Coleman left elective office three years ago, but he says he still can’t close out his campaign fund until he can unload property given as restitution for embezzlement by a former employee. Former staffer Candice Lynn Sheffield pleaded guilty to theft in 2007 and agreed to pay $173,257 in restitution. She gave his campaign an 11-acre tract in Henry County to settle the debt, but Coleman had to pay back taxes on the land in May or risk foreclosure. Coleman disclosed the tax payments last week.

Sept. 10

September 10, 2009 --

County: Eldrin Bell did not sexually harass employee Opinion: Liberty County sewage plant trumps salt marsh Document hints at motive for Augusta bribe offer, lawyer says Lax security left employees’ data vulnerable Former supporters scrutinize East Point mayor Ex-principal, assistant suspended in cheating scandal

Ex-House speaker pays $3,758 tax bill with campaign funds

Ex-House speaker pays $3,758 tax bill with campaign funds
September 9, 2009 --

Former Georgia House Speaker Terry Coleman used $3,758 in left-over campaign funds to pay a property tax bill in Henry County. Coleman’s latest campaign disclosure, filed Friday evening, shows he made the payment May 14. State law forbids using campaign money for personal benefit. Taxes are generally regarded as a personal expense.

Sept. 9

September 9, 2009 --

Report: Lax oversight made DeKalb court vulnerable to scam Double dippers may have to pay Fulton County back Motive unknown in Augusta bribery case

Tax delinquents abound in ATL District 11 council race

September 9, 2009 --

Atlanta voters can choose between two big-name tax delinquents this fall among a large field of candidates hoping to replace longtime City Council member James Maddox. Property records are littered with dozens of liens, cancellations and transfers of debt to private collection services naming former Fulton County Commissioner A. Reginald Eaves and former City Councilman Morris Finley. Many of the debts remain unpaid. Each has accumulated liens totaling more than $20,000 since 2004.

23 states ignoring stimulus welfare fund

23 states ignoring stimulus welfare fund
September 8, 2009 --

New York state put hundreds of dollars in federal stimulus money into food stamp accounts, causing a literal run on the bank last month. Families of about 800,000 low-income children qualified for the one-time payments — $200 per child for back-to-school supplies and clothes. Critics said the state bungled it by attaching no strings to how the money could be spent. But equally problematic, 23 states haven’t applied for these stimulus dollars yet, many because they can’t afford to appropriate the 20 percent matching funds that are required.

Jackson Securities CEO, social studies teacher to join ATL school board

Jackson Securities CEO, social studies teacher to join ATL school board
September 8, 2009 --

A politically connected CEO and an Atlanta social studies teacher have qualified without opposition to seek four-year terms on the Atlanta Board of Education. So, barring an overwhelming write-in candidacy, Reuben R. McDaniel III (left), president and CEO of Jackson Securities LLC, and Courtney English, a teacher at Best Academy at Benjamin Carson, will be sworn in as board members come January. Under state law, English will need to leave his teaching job to take the board seat.

Sept. 8

September 8, 2009 --

Your Congressman’s vacation — and who paid for it

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.