Double and over payments in Gwinnett’s indigent defense program…

..yet no mention of trying to recover any of the wasted taxpayer money:

The review found an example of an invoice involving an expert witness being paid twice – an overpayment of $3,881. In other cases, three sets of the exact same invoices were submitted, causing an overpayment of $1,364 to attorneys.

In a sample of 60 high-dollar invoices dated between Jan. 1 and April 30 of this year, auditors found errors in 25 invoices, 19 which had been reviewed by the program’s governing committee.

“We can’t always tell if an attorney is charging too much. We just saw some areas that need to be tightened up,” Deputy County Administrator Mike Comer said.

Don’t these people who receive double payments bear some responsibility here? What about the attorneys who submitted three duplicate invoices? Why is there no talk of trying to get this money back? Perhaps I’ll ask my Commissioner.

5 comments

  1. Jen says:

    Gwinnett should quit using an expensive panel system and opt for a PD system, but oh no.. then how would all those private lawyers make their money?

  2. The Comma Guy says:

    And Gwinnett County was just in front of the Georgia Supreme Court last week on the issue of how much they pay their indigent lawyers by the hour….

  3. Rogue109 says:

    Fox 5 had a story a few months back about an investigation DA Danny Porter was working looking into one attorney in Lawrenceville who was suspected of fraud with his bills to the system. Never heard how that ended…

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