Updated: Boyer Facing Federal Charges – To Plead Guilty

August 26, 2014 10:14 am

by Charlie · 28 comments

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.

 

 

DeKalb County Commissioner Elaine Boyer resigned yesterday.  Today, another shoe is dropping.  WSB TV is reporting that Boyer faces federal charges of wire fraud and mail fraud.

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.

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objective August 26, 2014 at 10:59 am

sad. speaks to the tremendous difficulty of being a trustee of public funds when you have the power and ability to put some funds into your own pocket, and especially if you’re under economic distress.

George Chidi August 26, 2014 at 12:53 pm

Pthhppt to that. She’s a crook.

I get pissed off when I hear South DeKalb commissioners talk about racial double standards on ethics cases. The indictment of someone like Burrell Ellis comes wrapped in coded language about corrupt culture and how black people can’t govern themselves, I am told. The media takes it easy on white officials — look at Gwinnett! — while making a cottage industry of investigating black ones, I am reminded. That kind of commentary is a wretched distraction and largely untrue.

But here’s Elaine Boyer. Up against the wall financially, she goes straight for the cookie jar. This is a profound moral and ethical failure, and one I would argue speaks directly to the win-at-all-costs achievement culture that produced her.

Instead, we’re presented with a moue and sympathetic noises about how difficult leadership is and her “economic distress.” To hell with that! You owe yourselves a duty to be equal-opportunity cynics here, simply as an act of self-preservation.

Jon Richards August 26, 2014 at 1:06 pm

I remember the “economic distress” line being pulled out for Shirley Lasseter in Gwinett, as well.

objective August 26, 2014 at 1:51 pm

it’s so not an excuse for ethical breaches, but when one is facing homelessness, or say children without sufficient food, it presents an ethical dilemma that would otherwise not be there. perhaps there could be special financial relief programs for elected officials- like “Supplemental Nutrition and Ethics for Elected Representatives” or S.N.E.E.R.
;b

Will Durant August 26, 2014 at 2:11 pm

As did Bannister since he had to claim bankruptcy and move out of Chateau Elan. Of course the biggest difference besides the $1MM bribe and Lasseter’s $35K was that he was more sophisticated in his methodology. And it didn’t hurt that he was prosecuted by Danny Porter and she was stung by the Feds.

objective August 26, 2014 at 2:15 pm

yeah, chateau elan and high-end dept. stores do not evoke empathy.

Will Durant August 26, 2014 at 2:15 pm

Kenerly not Bannister. Senior moment there. Although in my estimation Bannister got off light as well.

Dave Bearse August 26, 2014 at 2:25 pm

The economic distress isn’t applicable to Boyer. Boyers debit card charges weren’t for food on the table, but vacation airfare and vacation rental cars.

It’s still sad when a human being fails on this count.

objective August 26, 2014 at 1:11 pm

no doubt it was a profound ethical failure. and frankly, i don’t know enough abt who she is, or her political history, to judge.
but i do see every ethical lapse in public officials/trustees as sad, and understand the challenge so many face in abiding by ethical lines. the ethical breaches do not get a free pass at all, but i think if we are going to have properly ethical governing, we need to put in maximum safeguards so that officials don’t even have the power/opportunity to make the breaches. perhaps even more training in ethics is called for as well. history shows that power corrupts- what are we doing to prepare for that, and evolve beyond it?
as for the racial element, i agree that media and culture should be as equally hard on everybody. but personally, any failure of leadership is sad, and a result of individual choices. i am def not one to generalize one person’s failure to an entire class of ppl, altho i realize it happens altogether too much.

George Chidi August 26, 2014 at 12:12 pm

Act I begins.

Charlie August 26, 2014 at 12:17 pm

Yep. Enough to get everyone interested, but not even close to the meat of the real story line that is unfolding.

Ghost of William F. Buckley August 26, 2014 at 3:12 pm

Did you ever begin a “Best of Peach Pundit” file?

This ought to be in it:

perhaps there could be special financial relief programs for elected officials- like “Supplemental Nutrition and Ethics for Elected Representatives” or S.N.E.E.R.

Ol’ Big Tex, Mathews, and Blue Ribbon will never be the same.

NorthGAGOP August 26, 2014 at 12:52 pm

At one point Boyer was one of the good ones. Based on the accusations it sad to see the poor judgement in dealing with difficult financial times.

Dave Bearse August 26, 2014 at 2:19 pm

A good one at Tea Party talk perhaps. Speaking as a constituent, she was a dud.

I wrote her and Vernon about an egregious environmental situation involving a business once a month for at least four months. Never so much as received acknowledgement of receipt.

Less than 90 days after writing Georgia EPD the business was fined $4,000 and shut down.

Ghost of William F. Buckley August 26, 2014 at 3:21 pm

Constituents are merely annoyances in DeKalb.

22 years in office.

Several documented financial smudges; original P-Card slap on the hand in 2011, prior Lakeside High School $20,000 Booster donation with her family as Trustee.

Now this record deception.

Hopefully, the last act of the ‘old Elaine’ will be to go down as a Fed witness and bring with her the whole ship. 22 years is a long time to know what is buried where.

Act I Intermezzo

Will Durant August 26, 2014 at 3:30 pm

Doubtful she would have already taken on the role of a penitent if a deal wasn’t already inked. This could hurt the racial division already present however.

Ghost of William F. Buckley August 26, 2014 at 3:44 pm

I think you just pointed out my knack for embellishing the obvious (<:) . . .

George Chidi August 26, 2014 at 1:14 pm

For those who are interested, I’ve uploaded the federal filing on Boyer’s charges.

Jon Richards August 26, 2014 at 1:58 pm

According to State Rep. BJay Pak, who is at the Federal Courthouse on an unrelated case, Boyer will waive indictment and use a court appointed lawyer. Bond was set at $25,000.

Ed August 26, 2014 at 4:48 pm

Good luck.

saltycracker August 26, 2014 at 3:39 pm

In my corporate world a bad credit check could keep one from bring hired and severe financial issues get you fired. Times have changed. Out here in GOP Cherokee we have elected a BOC member and a school board member that has outstanding taxes due the public, plus a tea party candidate for the BOC that declared bankruptcy. Is that the best we got to handle public money ? How can our legislators say this is ok ?

But all that pales when we look at our legislators. It’d take a book to cover the conflicts, legal and tax issues on just the banking committees. Is our culture that it’s ok but if you get caught we will deny all knowledge ? Forgiveness or Situational ethics?

Ghost of William F. Buckley August 26, 2014 at 3:51 pm

Fundamental issues such as ethics, race, and malfeasance will continue until voters begin to demand better candidates.

Some realize they can influence an increase in programs and services, while others relish tax breaks, subsidies, and carve-outs.

Wrong is wrong and not getting caught doesn’t ever equal being right.

saltycracker August 26, 2014 at 4:38 pm

True, meanwhile I have some expectations for “rules” set by legislation in this Republic. The mob ain’t doing so good.

Chris Huttman August 26, 2014 at 4:44 pm

The ability to balance a checkbook and the ability to believe in the crap you have to believe in to get through a tea-party dominated primary do not go hand in hand.

saltycracker August 26, 2014 at 5:09 pm

The Tea Party began with truffles and quickly switched to hallucinogenic toadstools to serve with Demos poisonous fruits.

dekalbofficers August 26, 2014 at 5:15 pm

….and what of Sharon Barnes? Oh wait.

George Chidi August 26, 2014 at 5:19 pm

There’s no racial monopoly on corruption in this county, or this state.

Harry August 26, 2014 at 7:48 pm

But the media takes it easy on the white ones, right?