AJC investigation: DeKalb official put vacation expenses on county Visa card

A rental car during a vacation in Phoenix. A flight for a relative. Personal cell phone expenses. A rental car to drive after a crash.

DeKalb County taxpayers have picked up the tab for those expenses and more, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution is blowing the whistle.

Our investigation found a DeKalb County commissioner using a county Visa card to ring up thousands of dollars of personal purchases, in some cases while she and her husband were having financial problems. She paid back more than $4,000 after the AJC began scrutinizing her spending. She cannot produce dozens of receipts, and the DeKalb district attorney says he’ll be looking into it.

What did the commissioner have to say?