McDaniel’s sentence requires him to repay $9,807 to DeKalb for the theft, which occurred from August 2011 to December 2012.
McDaniel’s defense attorney, Jennifer Mann, said he gave out his personal gas code to other county employees, which they used to fill up their vehicles. She said it’s unlikely those employees would have admitted to their role if McDaniel had chosen to go to trial.
McDaniel also pleaded guilty to eight unrelated felony check forgery counts involving a woman he was romantically involved with. He’ll reimburse about $10,000 to the woman and her credit union as part of his sentence.
Mark Niesse covers voting rights and elections for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He also reports on the Georgia House of Representatives and government. He has been a reporter at the AJC since 2013 following a decade at The Associated Press in Atlanta, Honolulu and Montgomery, Ala.