Investigations target DeKalb bribery, payments and extortion

There may be more corruption charges to come involving DeKalb County’s government.

Federal and local authorities are still investigating allegations of vote buying, mysterious payments to officials and extortion.

Already, at least 40 people have been convicted on DeKalb corruption-related charges in recent years, including CEO Burrell Ellis, Commissioner Elaine Boyer, schools Superintendent Crawford Lewis and Zoning Board of Appeals member Jerry Clark.

A report on corruption last fall alleged “a pattern of corrosive and widespread misconduct,” and the next steps are up to prosecutors.

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