Updated: The AJC is reporting that at today’s hearing, Commissioner Boyer announced she intends to plead guilty. Also, this case goes beyond misuse of her P-Card to finance personal expenditures.
Boyer authorized more than $78,000 in county payments to an adviser who submitted false invoices for consulting work but did nothing, according to a criminal information filed Tuesday morning.
The adviser then funneled about 75 percent of the money, more than $58,000, back into Boyer’s personal bank account, the document alleges. She faced a charge of mail fraud conspiracy for that scheme.
The court documents didn’t name the adviser and no charges apparently have been filed against that person, even though he apparently pocketed about $20,000 in taxpayer money. The documents say Boyer used her share for personal expenses, including purchases at hotels and high-end department stores.
Original story remains below.
This morning prosecutors filed an information against Boyer, outlining one count of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud.
The wire fraud charge stems from information first exposed by a Channel 2 Action News/Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigation into personal items bought with her county purchasing card.
Boyer has paid back $16,800 for items including plane tickets and other travel expenses.
The document also outlines a scheme to defraud DeKalb taxpayers out of tens of thousands of dollars.
Boyer allegedly paid a vendor for consulting services that were never provided. Prosecutors say much of the money ended up being funneled back into Boyer’s personal bank account.
A hearing is scheduled on the matter Tuesday afternoon.