Corruption is getting out of control in DeKalb. A year ago, a Grand jury allege[d] widespread DeKalb corruption. Not much was done about it and today, the corruption is so thick, it’s hard to see a way clear.
Our school system leadership has barely made a dent in recovery from the corruption trials of former superintendent Crawford Lewis and his construction COO, Pat (Pope) Reid and her former husband. We nearly went broke due to the millions spent on attorneys in this and the related civil case. Even today, we continue to spend as much or more on lawyers as we do on books!
Now, Commissioner Elaine Boyer has resigned in a cloud of corruption. The AJC is reporting, “Federal prosecutors say Commissioner Boyer conspired to defraud taxpayers“
Further — it appears she was in cahoots with an evangelist preacher!
“Evangelist M. Rooks Boynton received about $83,000 from DeKalb County in payments authorized by Commissioner Elaine Boyer. Federal prosecutors said that most of the money was funneled back to Boyer and they’ve charged her with conspiracy to commit mail fraud. Boynton has not been charged.” [BOBBY HAVEN / THE BRUNSWICK NEWS]
But, the AJC has now discovered, “Elaine Boyer, now facing federal prison for fraud, wasn’t the only DeKalb elected official who tapped taxpayer money for questionable expenses.” … It seems that “DeKalb Commissioner Sutton paid $34K to boyfriend”.
It was revealed that these two were ‘lovers’ when they had an altercation that involved the police. “DeKalb Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton told a police officer in February that she and Walter Mosby had been involved in a seven-year relationship. He was also her campaign manager, and she paid him $34,000 for consulting and other services after she won election in 2008.” Read the police report HERE.
Mind you all, we are already down two commissioners: Boyer, who resigned Monday and Lee May, who stepped down as commissioner to serve as interim CEO in place of former CEO Burrell Ellis who was suspended and according to the AJC, “faces felony charges that accuse him of shaking down county vendors for campaign cash and punishing those who did not give. Ellis has denied wrongdoing. Ellis’ racketeering trial starts in September.”
Oh, what else, what else? Well, interestingly, that Grand Jury also recommended investigating the following people:
- former public safety director William “Wiz” Miller
- former Ellis chief of staff Jibari Simama, who is now president of Georgia Piedmont Technical College of DeKalb
- former Ellis campaign manager Kevin Ross,
- workers and contractors in DeKalb’s Watershed Department
And guess what? Coming full circle, our ‘newest’ latest superintendent (the 4th in 6 years), Michael Thurmond, has placed himself on the board of a recently, hurriedly approved new DeKalb charter school — along with Jibari Simama. But that’s not all — Simama (formerly known as Fred Lewis) was appointed as president of the college by a board that included former school board chair, Gene Walker — and coincidentally, superintendent Michael Thurmond serves on the school’s foundation’s advisory board.
Read more >> Interesting news from the DeKalb political network!