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County ethics probe against Elaine Boyer will go on
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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Despite the fact that she's facing prison time, Elaine Boyer also has to contend with a continuing ethics investigation in DeKalb County.

The DeKalb County Ethics Commission announced at its meeting Monday night that is is not dropping the case.

Attorney Anne Lewis appeared before the board representing Boyer and said that there is no legal ground to continue their probe.

"Your jurisdiction is to oversee employees, elected officials and appointed officials. [Boyer] isn't one of those people anymore," said Lewis.

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Boyer resigned amid allegations of financial wrongdoing.

Last week, she pleaded guilty in federal court admitting to hiring a bogus contractor and funneling county funds back to herself and using her county credit card for personal expenses.

Boyer will be sentenced in December and faces the real possibility of prison time.

Taxpayer Joe Newton, who filed one of the earliest ethics complaints against Boyer, believes the board has every right to continue its investigation.

"If they just folded after she resigned, that would set a precedent for anyone accused of wrongdoing to quit and then run again for office down the road with a clean slate," said Newton.

The next step for the ethics board is a final hearing about Boyer. A date for that has not yet been set.

According to the board chair, John Earnst, the only thing they could punish Boyer with is a bill.

"We could demand that she reinburse us for our investigative, adminstrative and attorney fees. All the money we've spent looking into this," said Earnst.

The board is also still investigating Boyer's Chief of Staff, Robert Lundsten, for alleged misuse of his county credit card, also known as a P-card.


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