Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard Jr. in 2014. The DA is being investigated by the GBI, officials said Tuesday.
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Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard Jr. in 2014. The DA is being investigated by the GBI, officials said Tuesday.

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.

Howard, who has been the DA since 1997, is also facing allegations of sexual abuse and a state ethics complaint, the newspaper reported.

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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