The FBI began investigating and discovered a kickback scheme involving county checks and an evangelist named Rooks Boynton. The AJC's continuing investigation identified the ruse as well, discovering Boyer had used phony invoices to funnel tens of thousands of dollars in county funds to Boynton, who posed as her legislative affairs consultant.
He deposited about $60,000 into the commissioner's personal bank account and kept the rest for himself, according to court documents.
"I've made a huge, tremendous error in judgment, " Boyer told Channel 2 Action News in August 2014, as she resigned from office in disgrace. "Any lies and intentional deception ... I deeply regret it."
Boynton, indicted on federal program theft and federal program theft conspiracy charges, has yet to go to trial.
John Boyer, who pleaded guilty to masterminding the scheme, is scheduled to be let out of Atlanta's federal penitentiary on Nov. 17.
Boyer is paying more than $87,000 in restitution for the kickback scheme. Court documents show the federal government has garnished a portion of her DeKalb County pension payments.