GBI Launches Criminal Investigation Into Allegations Against Fulton County DA
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard and his use of a nonprofit to funnel at least $140,000 in city of Atlanta funds to supplement his salary.
"At the request of the Attorney General’s Office, the GBI is conducting a criminal investigation into allegations against DA Paul Howard," GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles told GPB News.
The allegations stem from reporting by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News about discrepancies between financial disclosures Howard filed with the state and tax filings submitted to the IRS by the nonprofit he heads as CEO.
A criminal probe of the prosecutor who heads Georgia’s largest and busiest district attorney’s office is highly unusual. But so was Howard’s decision to use People Partnering for Progress as a conduit to pad his salary by at least $170,000 from 2014 through 2017, according to tax records and the nonprofit’s own documents.
Howard’s annual salary, paid by the state and supplemented by the county, is roughly $175,000.
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