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VA misled public, vets on health care backlog
Whistleblowers across the VA have been filing record claims of retaliation this year. They have been instrumental in highlighting problems at the agency that administrators and senior leaders have tried to keep hidden. Daphne Ivery is the president of union at the national Health Eligibility Enrollment Center in Atlanta started wearing a whistle this summer to show support for those speaking out. BEN GRAY / BGRAY@AJC.COM

Updated: 5:40 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, 2014

Senior VA officials pushed untrue and misleading information to veterans, the public and Congress to blunt a potential scandal involving a backlog of hundreds of thousands of applications for access to VA health care, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigation has found.The misinformation came from top officials at the VA’s national Health ...
Atlanta's ticket traps: slow down or pay up
Cpl. John Lowe of the Doraville police department writes a speeding ticket for a driver he clocked at 51 mph in a 35 zone. On a per capita basis, Doraville generates the highest revenue from traffic tickets of any jurisdiction in metro Atlanta.

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014

As he drives west on I-285 toward his job in Cobb County, Jason Bell often sees Doraville police cruisers lying in wait for speeders. On May 4 they caught him — 79 in a 55. He says he was just going with the flow of traffic at 7:30 a.m. on ...
Ex-DeKalb commissioner Boyer will get full pension benefits
DeKalb County Commissioner Elaine Boyer postured herself as a fiscal watchdog. She now faces up to two years in prison for schemes that bilked DeKalb taxpayers, but her felony conviction will not affect her county pension. Jason Getz jgetz@ajc.com

Updated: 7:50 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014

After apologizing to DeKalb County taxpayers for fleecing them through fraud schemes, ex-commissioner Elaine Boyer hit them up for more money. Boyer has applied for her county retirement payments, and DeKalb’s pension board will grant her full benefits. That means the crooked former politician, who is 58, will collect tens ...
DeKalb County woes go far beyond Ellis
Moha Mechanical Services was hired to install a new air conditioning system inside the DeKalb County animal shelter. Instead, it cleaned and insulated the air ducts already in the building, then submitted what a consultant deemed a suspicious bill. A company official has since been charged with theft by deception. KENT D. JOHNSON/KDJOHNSON@AJC.COM

Updated: 4:44 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, 2014

A mechanical services company from Snellville made $85,000 off DeKalb County taxpayers last year — by doing the wrong work and handing in a suspicious bill.An outside consultant urged county officials to dig deeper, warning that the bill included suspect fees and charges for materials that the company couldn’t back ...
Fulton grants tax breaks for luxury apartment projects
The 26-story Post Alexander II, at 600 Phipps Boulevard, in Buckhead is among the luxury apartment projects granted tax breaks by Fulton County’s development authority. The new tower is next to the existing Post Alexander community, which features a resort-style pool with sundeck, clubroom with billiards table and units with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, according to the Post Properties website. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014

Developers of luxury apartments in wealthy neighborhoods have received tens of millions of dollars in tax breaks the past two years from a Fulton County incentive program envisioned for corporate expansions and relocations. For that public investment, the posh towers and complexes in Midtown, Buckhead and other Fulton development hot ...
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