2 charged for scheme involving repairs on DeKalb CEO May’s home

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2 charged for scheme involving repairs on DeKalb CEO May’s home

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A $4,000 check was written by DeKalb contractor Doug Cotter, right. Cotter has said he gave the money to former DeKalb Commission Chief of Staff Morris Williams, center, to help Interim DeKalb CEO Lee May, left, with financial difficulties. May says he never saw or knew about the money. Photo illustration by Josh Wade / Channel 2 Action News.

A former DeKalb County government official and a contractor were indicted Tuesday on charges related to a $4,000 check written to Interim DeKalb CEO Lee May but cashed by someone else.

A grand jury brought theft and conspiracy charges against former DeKalb Commission Chief of Staff Morris Williams and contractor Doug Cotter. Cotter also faces an additional count of making a false statement.

Cotter allegedly inflated the price of repairs done on May’s home by $4,000, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Williams allegedly instructed Cotter to submit the invoice on May’s behalf. Cotter then cashed the check at his family’s business.

May has said he had nothing to do with the check, and he has repeatedly denied any involvement. May doesn’t face any charges.

“County employees and those who do business with the county are held to a higher standard because they provide or use resources to further the best interests of DeKalb citizens and businesses,” said DeKalb District Attorney Robert James in a statement. “If you betray the public trust, you must be held accountable.”

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