Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter is all riled up about two court reporters who may have overbilled the County for transcripts that they never produced or for which they inflated the length of (meaning higher fees they could charge). Right now he still has to review about 14 hardbound notebooks full of information from a county audit completed eight months ago.
To file charges, prosecutors would have to prove that court reporters Pamela Lennard and Mike Ables intentionally inflated the length of court transcripts, thereby allowing them to bill the county for more pages. The audit found that those two court reporters had submitted bills for transcripts that unnecessarily included lengthy court calendars. Lennard and Ables also billed the county for transcripts they never filed, or double-billed for transcripts on several occasions, according to the audit.
The audit estimated that Lennard overbilled for $16,787 from November 2004 through January 2009; Ables overbilled by more than $7,700 during that time, it said.
Wow, almost $26,000.00 in potential overbilling. Don’t expect much from Porter now, though, because he also is prosecuting attorney Christopher T. Adams, Esquire (pictured at right) for over $40,000.00 in allegedly fraudulent billing to the indigent defense fund. As I detailed just a few hours ago, Adams’ case has been dormant for over 16 months since his arraignment.
Maybe Porter can learn that follow through on these types of cases is important after the attention grabbing headline is printed.