Wed., June 19, 2013 7:41am (EDT)

Ellis: I've Done Nothing Wrong
By Associated Press
Updated: 1 year ago

DECATUR, Ga.  —  
The chief executive officer of one of Georgia's largest counties, who is now facing corruption charges, says that he's done nothing wrong. DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis (above, in 2011) made a brief statement Tuesday night, hours after a 15-count indictment alleged that he threatened to withhold county business from companies that didn't contribute to his campaign. (Photo Courtesy of <a href=http://www.flickr.com/photos/33631779@N07/5805656160/in/photolist-9R2vj1>DeKalb County Public Library via Flickr</a>.)
The chief executive officer of one of Georgia's largest counties, who is now facing corruption charges, says that he's done nothing wrong. DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis (above, in 2011) made a brief statement Tuesday night, hours after a 15-count indictment alleged that he threatened to withhold county business from companies that didn't contribute to his campaign. (Photo Courtesy of DeKalb County Public Library via Flickr.)
The chief executive officer of one of Georgia's largest counties, who is now facing corruption charges, says that he's done nothing wrong.

DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis made a brief statement Tuesday night, hours after a 15-count indictment alleged that he threatened to withhold county business from companies that didn't contribute to his campaign.

The indictment accuses Ellis of trying to extort campaign contributions from companies and their employees. The indictment also alleges that Ellis instructed the county's director of purchasing and contracting to prevent certain companies from getting business because they didn't respond to his solicitations and didn't contribute to his campaign.

Ellis told reporters that he has done nothing wrong, and that he would never do anything to violate the public trust.