DeKalb pays $1.5M to settle corruption lawsuit

A $1.5 million settlement will resolve one of DeKalb County's longest-running corruption cases.

The county agreed in court Friday to pay the money to Paul Champion, who alleged that the county withheld $888,000 that he was owed for clearing 500 miles of land for a manhole mapping project. Champion also said a former county employee solicited a bribe from him.

The case led to a sweeping special grand jury investigation into government corruption, which eventually targeted former DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis.

Ellis was later charged and found guilty of attempted extortion and perjury, but his convictions were overturned by the Georgia Supreme Court.

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