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Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 12:29pm

Is Brooks Indictment Lost In Transit?

It has been two weeks since a grand jury handed down a federal indictment against state Rep. Tyrone Brooks, D-Atlanta. But Gov. Nathan Deal’s office has not received a certified copy of the indictment. Deal can’t appoint a commission to review whether Brooks can remain in elected office until he receives the document.

Under Georgia law, the Attorney General or district attorney “shall transmit a certified copy of the indictment to the Governor” who must then wait 14 days after receiving the paperwork to appoint a review commission.

A spokeswoman for Attorney General Sam Olens said Thursday they are giving the district attorney's office the first opportunity to transmit the indictment to the governor. GPB called Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard Thursday, but so far his office has not responded.

The Atlanta office of U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates declined comment.

Brooks is charged with 30 counts of fraud and tax charges. According to the indictment, Brooks used money donated to his charity, Universal Humanities, for personal expenses. Brooks last week pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The indictment alleges that the 67-year-old solicited more than $1 million in contributions from the mid-1990s to 2012 to fight illiteracy in under-served communities and other causes.