“Mos Eisley Spaceport. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious.” Obi-Wan Kenobi
Clayton County continues to channel its inner Mos Eisley.
GBI and Clayton County investigators seized financial records detailing pay police Chief Greg Porter received during his previous part-time job with the local DUI court. Porter is being investigated by the state for theft by deception and making false statements related to his off-duty work.
“Clayton County State Court Judge Linda Cowen and court administrator Matt Sorenson have brought to my attention allegations of theft of approximately $36,000 in grant money by Clayton County Police Department Chief Greg Porter and his brother [deputy] Robert Porter,” Lawson wrote in a June letter to GBI Director Vernon Keenan.“Due to other large ongoing public corruption investigations, we do not have time to investigate this case and need your assistance,” the DA wrote.
Those investigations are being conducted by a special purpose grand jury that Lawson assembled in April 2011. So far, that grand jury’s findings have led to the indictments for former Sheriff Victor Hill, who was elected in the Aug. 21 primary runoff to reclaim the office on Jan. 1, and of former Morrow City Manager and Councilman John Lampl. That grand jury is investigating other officials and recently issued search warrants for the travel records of three Clayton County Commission members and the county manager.
Besides the gratuitous mention of Victor Hill’s indictments related to the same alleged crimes, here’s another little gem:
According to the search warrant obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the GBI wanted time sheets, records of reimbursements for travel and training, checks, travel expense reports and “non payroll related checks.” All the records involved either the Porters, their businesses — Eagle Eye Consulting and Busy Body Consulting — or the Administrative Office of the Courts from Oct. 1, 2008, to the present.
Got that? Inconsistencies with travel and time documents? I’m shocked, shocked, I tell you, that an elected official would fudge such things…
Since the GBI is involved, it appears doubtful that Messrs. Porter will get away with the same little hand-slap of a certain Senate Rules Committee Chairman. BTW, have you sent your contribution in yet?