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Atlanta developer at center of Cayman Islands payoff probe

Atlanta developer at center of Cayman Islands payoff probe
January 5, 2012 --

Investigators have reportedly questioned Atlanta’s Stan Thomas about possibly illicit payments tied to development of a proposed Cayman Islands resort. Thomas has been in the headlines in recent years for his relationship with former Gov. Sonny Perdue and the somewhat spectacular collapse of his real-estate empire. Now, according to news reports, Royal Cayman police say they are investigating allegations that Thomas paid Cayman premier McKeeva Bush as much as $375,000 in 2004.

After 10 years, Supremes disbar two ATL ambulance chasers

November 30, 2011 --

Two Atlanta attorneys who paid runners at least $276,000 over several years to bring them personal-injury clients were stripped of their right to practice law today by the Supreme Court of Georgia. Lawyers Steven C. Freedman and Thomas C. Sinowski, who had “zealously” litigated the case against them for 10 years, argued that even a one-year suspension was too much.

Inspector General pries into conflicts in prison contracts

Inspector General pries into conflicts in prison contracts
October 4, 2011 --

Consultant Michael Lovelady leased offices to a contractor while monitoring his installation of new locks at a south Georgia prison. Lovelady named his son’s business as one of three acceptable suppliers for the $638,000 job. Lovelady’s son owned half of the contractor’s company. But prison officials never noticed anything amiss, Inspector General Deron R. Hicks reported Monday.

Ethics probe sought Deal documents

Ethics probe sought Deal documents
August 31, 2011 --

The state’s top two ethics investigators were preparing in June to serve subpoenas on Gov. Nathan Deal, his chief of staff and other associates in connection with Deal’s 2010 campaign when one investigator’s salary was cut and the other’s job was eliminated. Drafts of subpoenas prepared, but never served, by the staff of the state ethics commission raise questions about $322,000 the campaign paid to companies that Deal owns or has an interest in, or to businesses controlled by his associates.

Ethics chairman to step aside amid questions over reappointment

August 5, 2011 --

The chairman of the Georgia Campaign Finance Commission, who says his appointment may have been illegal, is stepping down.
Patrick Millsaps, who initiated the personnel moves that cost the commission its top two investigators, will continue to serve until a replacement is named.

March 25

March 25, 2011 --

Fired Clayton sheriff’s employee: ‘I wouldn’t participate in sex’ House chair tells one legislator: No amendments for you! Medicaid smart card idea raises questions State infrastructure bank has $30M sitting idle Ga. has no plan to repay $670M unemployment debt Investigators still question Richmond Co.’s 2009 CRCT tests

Feb. 13

February 13, 2011 --

APS principals allegedly urged to tell investigators to ‘go to hell’ Senate leader’s brother lands Capitol job Augusta’s rate of police shootings tops major cities’

Dec. 11

December 11, 2010 --

Investigators to APS: Stop defense lawyers from intimidating witnesses Black farmers might never reap what they’ve sown Olin Corp.’s Augusta plant will halt mercury use Cobb judge quit to avoid ethics charges

Sept. 20

September 20, 2010 --

Dueling investigations into APS test cheating Investigators of judges seek more funding Former secret test site could become ATL reservoir Top Ga. court sides with ATL cop in shooting

Election officials probing vote fraud in 4 counties

Election officials probing vote fraud in 4 counties
September 2, 2010 --

A dozen people, including a former sheriff, mishandled scores of absentee ballots cast in elections in four Georgia counties in 2008, state elections officials say. Investigators found ballots were requested or marked without voters’ knowledge, voters were assisted who did not need help, and some of the “helpers” covered their tracks by failing to sign paperwork to acknowledge their involvement. In Twiggs County, FBI analysis found fingerprints of former Sheriff Doyle Stone and his son, Greg Stone, on envelopes containing absentee ballots.

Cobb’s chief judge Kenneth Nix resigns abruptly

Cobb's chief judge Kenneth Nix resigns abruptly
August 10, 2010 --

Cobb Superior Court Judge Kenneth O. Nix resigned abruptly today, citing a desire for an “orderly transition” into offices in the county’s new Court building.

May 26

May 26, 2010 --

Major errors found in Fulton tax assessments Firm accused of governmental waste in sewage contract DeKalb judge spent $25K on travel Teacher’s suit asks court to change interviewing policies Study: Overuse threatens S. Ga. aquifer Clayton investigators: No signs of CRCT cheating APS yet to submit findings on cheating