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GBI: No further criminal investigation of DeKalb
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DECATUR, Ga. -- The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has no intent to pursue new criminal charges against DeKalb County officials following a recent investigation into claims made in a fiery corruption report.

The report was compiled by independent investigators Mike Bowers and Richard Hyde on the instruction of DeKalb County itself. But before the report was even completed, Bowers, a former Georgia attorney general, commented that the county was “rotten to the core” drawing backlash officials.

Bowers also said the county was rife with “appalling corruption” and “corrosive and widespread misconduct” in a report he co-wrote.

Interim County CEO Lee May said that his interest in the report was weeding out the “bad apples” in the DeKalb government but that he disagreed with the language used in it. He also questioned the evidence provided.

Under the direction of Governor Nathan Deal, the GBI was called in to investigate the claims made in the report. They also brought the Federal Bureau of Investigation into the process.

While the GBI made no plans for further investigation, the response that agency director Vernon M. Keenan sent to Deal in summation did not necessarily say that no wrongs were committed.

Keenan said at the end of the letter that a number of the allegations in the report related to violations of county ethics policies which could not be prosecuted criminally. Others were already investigated by the FBI.

However, Director Keenan did say that one allegation in the report that could lead to charges was already under investigation by DeKalb County Police.

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