An update on Burrell Ellis and friends.DeKalb special grand jury recommends 12 for criminal investigation - WSB-TV
Updated: 11:47 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 | Posted: 6:10 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013
Key county officials include former CEO and public safety director
DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. —
A special grand jury report documenting alleged corruption in DeKalb County is now public and Channel 2 investigative reporter Jodie Fleischer got her hands on the first copy.
The report identifies names, including indicted CEO Burrell Ellis, but it also recommends several key public officials for further criminal investigation.
Ellis' attorneys have been fighting the release of the report over the last seven months.
"It lays out many more alleged crimes than we saw in his criminal indictment," said Fleischer.
She says the report also suggests there may be many more public officials and private contractors in trouble.
Fleischer said the only recommendation for indictment is now-suspended CEO Burrell Ellis. The report accused him of not only shaking down vendors, for campaign contributions, but also directing the cancellation of contracts to steer business elsewhere as Channel 2 Action News first exposed.
The report also says he dictated which individuals should be placed on selection committees for key contracts, and interfered with their final recommendations.
The grand jurors also said former CEO Vernon Jones should be criminally investigated for possible indictment on bid rigging and theft allegations. In statement to Channel 2 Action News, Jones said he felt the "report appears to be a political preface statement as to who should have been elected to run county government and has no factual foundation or legal basis to recommend any criminal investigation against me."
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