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DeKalb County Purchase Card (P-Card) Audit

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DeKalb County P-Card Audit

Mark Niesse and Johnny Edwards wrote an article titled, “Audit: Spending reports sloppy” on October 24, 2014 in the AJC newspaper. The front page article was an investigative piece, highlighting the results of a ten year audit of the Board of Commissioners, their office staff and the clerk’s office purchase card usage.

DeKalb County has been lax in its oversight of spending by elected commissioners, and some officials frequently paid for items on their government debit cards without submitting required receipts, according to an audit released Thursday.

The audit shows the seven commissioners used taxpayer funds to pay for everything from steakhouse dinners to speeding tickets…

The DeKalb commission submitted receipts for just 57% of the transactions. However, the Purchase Card (P-card) spending by commissioners includes (according to the AJC):

1. Elaine Boyer: $103,665 with 40 percent supported by receipts
Review the actual audit at: https://www.scribd.com/doc/244408986/DeKalb-County-P-Card-Audit-Commissioner-Elaine-Boyer

2. Jeff Rader: $34,606 with 77 percent supported by receipts
Review the actual audit at: https://www.scribd.com/doc/244409024/DeKalb-County-P-Card-Audit-Commissioner-Jeff-Rader

3. Larry Johnson: $78,757, with 97 percent supported by receipts
Review the actual audit at: https://www.scribd.com/doc/244409015/DeKalb-County-P-Card-Audit-Commissioner-Larry-Johnson

4. Sharon Barnes Sutton: $108,720, with 25 percent supported by receipts
Review the actual audit at: https://www.scribd.com/doc/244410962/DeKalb-County-P-Card-Audit-Commissioner-Sharon-Barnes-Sutton

5. Lee May: $57,283, with 39 percent supported by receipts
Review the actual audit at: https://www.scribd.com/doc/244408974/DeKalb-County-P-Card-Audit-Commissioner-Lee-May

6. Kathie Gannon: $26,327, with 97 percent supported by receipts
Review the actual audit at: https://www.scribd.com/doc/244409040/DeKalb-County-P-Card-Audit-Commissioner-Kathie-Gannon

7. Stan Watson: $57,937, with 78 percent supported by receipts
Review the actual audit at: https://www.scribd.com/doc/244408999/DeKalb-County-P-Card-Audit-Commissioner-Stan-Watson

The DeKalb County Purchase Card (P-Card) audit on the Central Office Administration and Clerks:
https://www.scribd.com/doc/244408960/DeKalb-County-P-Card-Audit-Central-Office-and-Clerks

For the entire article, view the link : http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local-govt-politics/report-finds-loose-spending-by-dekalb-officials/nhqw7/

NOTE: Stay tuned for our take on this so-called audit. We have not done a complete review as of this date. However, a preliminary perusal of this report leave us with a lot of questions to be asked and answered.

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/

Elaine Boyer Resigns and Plans to Plead Guilty

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Northern District of Department of Justice

Former DeKalb County Commissioner Charged With Stealing County Funds

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 26, 2014

ATLANTA – Elaine Boyer, the former Commissioner of District 1 in DeKalb County, Ga., has been arraigned on charges relating to her embezzlement of county funds and misuse of her DeKalb County credit card.

“As an elected County Commissioner, Ms. Boyer had a duty to serve the best interests of the citizens of DeKalb County,” said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. “Instead of honoring that commitment, Ms. Boyer stole from the citizens she was sworn to serve by diverting thousands of dollars in county funds to her personal bank account and using her county-issued credit card like it was her own.”

J. Britt Johnson, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Atlanta Field Office, stated: “Public corruption based investigations often stem from actions that would be seen as clearly improper and illegal to the average person. The charges in this case, however, reflect criminal actions of a twenty-two year veteran DeKalb County Commissioner who knew fully the nature of her actions and she will now face the consequences of those actions. The FBI places a high priority toward investigating allegations of public corruption due to the extensive harm that it can cause on many levels and we ask that anyone with information regarding such allegations to please contact their nearest FBI field office.”

According to United States Attorney Yates, the charges, and other information presented in court: In DeKalb County, Ga., the Board of Commissioners (“BOC”) serves as the legislative branch of the DeKalb County Government. The BOC is comprised of seven part-time commissioners, who are elected to serve four-year terms. Each of the seven Commissioners is responsible for the management of their respective offices, which includes controlling the offices’ budget and hiring staff members, contractors, and consultants. In recent years, the operating budget for a Commissioner’s office has been approximately $250,000 per year. The Commissioners may use their budget only for county-related business.

Since 1992, Ms. Boyer served as the Commissioner of District 1, which serves citizens in north DeKalb County, including in Brookhaven, Dunwoody, Tucker, and Smoke Rise, Ga. Among other responsibilities, Ms. Boyer sat on the BOC’s Finance, Budget, and Audit Committee and was the Chairwoman of the Employee Relations and Community Services Committee. Boyer’s term of office was to expire in 2016; however, Boyer resigned yesterday.

In September 2009, as the Commissioner of District 1, Ms. Boyer retained an individual (“Advisor”) supposedly to assist her with government consulting and advisory duties on issues that affected her constituents. From September 2009 to November 2011, false invoices were submitted to Ms. Boyer’s office for consulting services purportedly rendered by Advisor. In fact, Advisor performed no services for Ms. Boyer, District 1 constituents, or DeKalb County. Ms. Boyer used the false invoices as a basis to authorize payments to Advisor. Based on requisition requests from Ms. Boyer, DeKalb County mailed approximately 35 checks to Advisor for consulting services that were never performed. In total, DeKalb County paid Advisor more than $78,000, believing that legitimate services had been performed for the county.

After being paid by DeKalb County, Advisor funneled approximately 75% of the money received from DeKalb County into Ms. Boyer’s personal bank account. Between September 2009 and November 2011, Advisor deposited more than $58,000 in DeKalb County funds into Ms. Boyer’s personal bank account (while retaining the remainder of the money). In turn, Ms. Boyer used the money deposited into her account to pay personal expenses, including purchases at hotels and high-end department stores.

Additionally, in her capacity as a Commissioner, DeKalb County issued Ms. Boyer a Visa Purchasing Card (“P-Card”) to make county-related purchases. On January 14, 2010, she signed a Cardholder Users’ Agreement stating she would not use the P-Card to make personal purchases.

From October 2010 to February 2014, Ms. Boyer made more than 50 personal purchases on her P-Card, including purchasing airline tickets and hotel rooms for herself and her family for personal travel. In total, she made over $15,000 worth of purchases on her P-Card for personal goods and services.

Elaine Boyer, 57, of Stone Mountain, Ga., was charged via Criminal Information with conspiring to committed mail fraud and with wire fraud. She is scheduled to plead guilty at 3:00 p.m., on September 3, 2014, before U.S. District Court Judge Orinda D. Evans.

Members of the public are reminded that the information only contains charges. The defendant is presumed innocent of the charges and it will be the government’s burden to prove the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.
This case is being investigated by Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Assistant United States Attorneys Jeffrey W. Davis and Kurt R. Erskine are prosecuting the case.

For further information please contact the U.S. Attorney’s Public Affairs Office atUSAGAN.PressEmails@usdoj.gov or (404) 581-6016. The Internet address for the home page for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia Atlanta Division ishttp://www.justice.gov/usao/gan/.

Were Commissioners Informed of P-Card Policy? You Be The Judge.

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TIME TO HOLD OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS ACCOUNTABLE WHO VIOLATE “PUBLIC TRUST”

It is important to increase transparency, ethics, and accountability in DeKalb County Government. Since Commissioner Elaine Boyer has claimed that she was not aware of doing anything wrong, we must search for documentation to verify if her statement is in fact true.

Crosswords Newspaper article: “Boyer Uses County Card For $12,000 In Personal Expenses” by Ken Watts (3/28/2014), reported the following quotes from Commissioner Elaine Boyer:

• “It never dawned on me that what I was doing
was wrong.”

http://crossroadsnews.com/news/2014/apr/11/boyer-facing-ethics-probe-over-debit-card-use/

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution article: “DeKalb Official Spent County Funds On Herself” by Johnny Edwards (3/22/2014), reported the following quotes from Commissioner Elaine Boyer:

• “I was never informed that what I was doing was in violation of any county policy.”

http://legalpronews.findlaw.com/article/22082f625614e6f3810cfff376dbde72#.U0rRSiiKV6U

http://www.myajc.com/news/news/local-govt-politics/dekalb-official-spent-county-funds-on-herself/nfH4g/

It is paramount that we increase “Public Trust” in DeKalb County. We must hold our elected officials accountable if they knowingly lie or misrepresent the truth to the public.

View the answers to Open Records Request on DeKalb County Commissioners Deficiencies below…

You be the judge:

1. Purchase Card (P-Card) Comprehensive Audit Review – BOC/Central Staff/ County Clerk to CEO & BOC (Scan 2): http://www.scribd.com/doc/218008597/Purchase-Card-P-Card-Comprehensive-Audit-Review-%E2%80%93-BOC-Central-Staff-County-Clerk-to-CEO-BOC

2. Internal Audit of P-Card transactions for period October 2009 through February 2010 (Scan 6):http://www.scribd.com/doc/218013456/Internal-Audit-of-P-Card-transactions-for-period-October-2009-through-February-2010

3. Internal Audit of P-Card transactions for the period December 1, 2010 through May 31, 2011 (Scan 7): http://www.scribd.com/doc/218014020/Internal-Audit-of-P-Card-transactions-for-the-period-December-1-2010-through-May-31-2011

4. Commissioners Cardholder User’s Agreement and Purchasing Card For Travel Agreement Form (Scan 5): http://www.scribd.com/doc/218014552/Commissioners-Cardholder-User%E2%80%99s-Agreement-and-Purchasing-Card-For-Travel-Agreement-Form

5. Commissioner Elaine Boyer and Bob Lundsten Ethics Complaint (Scan 4): http://www.scribd.com/doc/218015213/Commissioner-Elaine-Boyer-and-Bob-Lundsten-Ethics-Complaint

6. P-Card Review Lunch and Learn with Commissioners Attendance Record (Scan 3): http://www.scribd.com/doc/218015808/P-Card-Review-Lunch-and-Learn-with-Commissioners-Attendance-Record

7. DeKalb County Commissioners Chief of Staff Morris Williams P-Card Activity (Scan 8):http://www.scribd.com/doc/218016234/DeKalb-County-Commissioners-Chief-of-Staff-Morris-Williams-P-Card-Activity