Evangelist charged in Elaine Boyer’s kickback scheme

Rooks Boynton, the evangelist who posed as a legislative consultant in Elaine Boyer’s kickback scheme, has been indicted on federal theft charges.

Boynton, 73, is charged with federal program theft and federal program theft conspiracy. The indictment says that over a two-year period, he accepted more than 35 checks from then-DeKalb County Commissioner Boyer, totaling about $85,000, for consulting services he never performed.

Boyer used false invoices to tap taxpayer funds to cut the checks.

Boynton funneled about $60,000 of that sum into an account controlled by Boyer and her husband, John, the indictment says. He kept and spent the rest.

Boyer is serving a 14-month prison sentence. John Boyer, who pleaded guilty to masterminding the scheme, is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 19.

The commissioner’s abuse of taxpayer money was first exposed by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, which raised questions about her spending on a county-issued Visa card in March 2014.