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Convicted Commissioner wants her pension

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Convicted Commissioner wants her pension
By Catie Beck, WXIA-TV
October 16, 2014

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. (WXIA) – She admittedly stole thousands of taxpayer dollars, and now she’s hitting them up for more money.

Former DeKalb County Commissioner Elaine Boyer has applied to get her full pension from the county – and has been approved.

“It’s outrageous,” said Restore DeKalb member Joel Edwards. “It just doesn’t make any sense at all.”
Edwards says the county watchdog group is needed now more than ever
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“It’s disbelief,” he said. “They can’t believe it.”

Edwards and other members of the group are outraged to learn that after Boyer admitted to stealing money from the county, she’s now asking for more of it in the form of a pension.

“A lot of people have come to me and voiced their concerns about the elected leaders in this county in disbelief,” Edwards said.

Link for the video and article:

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http://www.11alive.com/story/news/local/2014/10/16/convicted-commissioner-wants-her-pension/17384593/

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Please read the AJC article by Johnny Edwards below:

Ex-DeKalb commissioner Boyer will get full pension benefits

By Johnny Edwards
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 15, 2014

After apologizing to DeKalb County taxpayers for fleecing them through fraud schemes, ex-commissioner Elaine Boyer hit them up for more money.

Boyer has applied for her county retirement payments, and DeKalb’s pension board will grant her full benefits. That means the crooked former politician, who is 58, will collect tens of thousands of dollars a year for the rest of her life. The county could even be paying her while she’s in prison.

Under Georgia law, public officials and employees convicted of crimes related to their duties should have their benefits reduced by three times the economic impact of their misdeeds, which would have Boyer giving up nearly $300,000. But DeKalb’s attorneys determined she falls in a legal loophole.

So Boyer will get about $23,000 per year, starting with a check early next month for more than $3,800 to cover October and November….

Taxpayers are losing big on the deal, said Viola Davis, a south DeKalb resident who leads the DeKalb Unhappy Taxpayer and Voter group. Even if Boyer pays restitution, it would likely cover only the purchasing card and kickback schemes uncovered by the FBI, not what might turn up in an exhaustive audit of the past decade of Boyer’s spending.

Also vexing, Davis said, is that taxpayers might be making pension payments to former employees implicated, but not charged, in the investigation that led to suspended CEO Burrell Ellis’ prosecution. A jury is deliberating whether he illegally strong-armed vendors into giving him campaign donations. Former purchasing chief Kelvin Walton, the star witness against Ellis and an admitted liar, is reportedly under federal investigation on allegations of receiving cash payments from a sewer contractor.

“Believe me, I’ve run into people who are just totally disgusted with the whole way this process is working out,” Davis said. “I mean, we’re going to be paying them, despite all the wrong they’ve done.”

Read the entire article at the following link:
http://www.ajc.com/news/news/crime-law/ex-dekalb-commissioner-boyer-will-get-full-pension/nhj2k/