Johnny Edwards

Johnny Edwards has been with the AJC since November 2010 and is a member of the investigative team, focusing on local governments.  He grew up in Cobb and is a graduate of the University of Georgia. He previously worked at daily newspapers in Lynchburg, Va., and Augusta, Ga., and served time as an embedded reporter during the invasion of Iraq.  At the AJC, he spent three years covering the Fulton County government, reporting on its tax billing problems, elections debacles, the high compensation of its tax commissioner and irregularities in Atlanta and Fulton census figures. His award-winning work includes coverage of the recession-induced property tax meltdown, faulty locks at the Fulton jail and the mutually-beneficial relationship between the Fulton tax commissioner and the county’s biggest buyer of tax liens.  Since joining the investigative team in 2013, Edwards has exposed how several elected officials used their discretionary budgets for personal benefit. One such story triggered an FBI investigation that resulted in criminal charges against a DeKalb County commissioner, who resigned her post.  Edwards lives in Sandy Springs.

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Posted: 2 days ago

Whistleblower cases cost Fulton taxpayers $575,000, and counting
 It was a brazen scheme by a mid-level Fulton County employee to help fund a side business with taxpayer money. Nicola Hosier, a former financial systems supervisor in the Human Services Department, used her county-issued credit card to buy linens, chairs, place settings, appliances, silverware, champagne flutes and other items for her private...

Posted: 5 days ago

It was a brazen scheme by a mid-level Fulton County employee to help fund a side business with taxpayer money. Nicola Hosier, a former financial systems supervisor in the Human Services Department, used her county-issued credit card to buy linens, chairs, place settings, appliances, silverware, champagne flutes and other items for her private...
Whistleblower cases cost Fulton County taxpayers $575K, and counting
 Maria Colon, a former investigator for Fulton County’s defunct Office of Professional Standards, has settled her whistleblower
               lawsuit against the county for $325,000. SPECIAL It was 
            a brazen scheme by a mid-level Fulton County employee to fund a side business using taxpayer money. Nicola Hosier, a former...

Posted: 6 days ago

Maria Colon, a former investigator for Fulton County’s defunct Office of Professional Standards, has settled her whistleblower lawsuit against the county for $325,000. SPECIAL It was a brazen scheme by a mid-level Fulton County employee to fund a side business using taxpayer money. Nicola Hosier, a former...
Evangelist from Elaine Boyer’s kickback scheme dies of heart failure
 Rooks Boynton, the evangelist accused of helping former DeKalb County Commissioner Elaine Boyer funnel tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars into her own pockets, has died of congestive heart failure, according to his obituary. Boynton, 75, died the day after Christmas and four months after federal prosecutors agreed to dismiss charges against...

Posted: 21 days ago

Rooks Boynton, the evangelist accused of helping former DeKalb County Commissioner Elaine Boyer funnel tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars into her own pockets, has died of congestive heart failure, according to his obituary. Boynton, 75, died the day after Christmas and four months after federal prosecutors agreed to dismiss charges against...
Botched response turns airport outage into city embarrassment
 One thing was clear from the start: Something went terribly wrong. Firefighters arrived beneath Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport Sunday at 1:04 p.m. to find black smoke and toxic fumes choking a utility tunnel as long as 4,000 feet. They tried to peer inside, but it was impenetrable. “In my 28 years, I&rsquo...

Posted: 29 days ago

One thing was clear from the start: Something went terribly wrong. Firefighters arrived beneath Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport Sunday at 1:04 p.m. to find black smoke and toxic fumes choking a utility tunnel as long as 4,000 feet. They tried to peer inside, but it was impenetrable. “In my 28 years, I&rsquo...
Georgia among last states to post nursing home investigation reports
 Obamacare mandates it. The feds gave state health agencies eight years to get it done. But with a deadline days away, Georgia still hasn’t posted all the required records online that could help families steer clear of the worst nursing homes. A little-known provision of the Affordable Care Act requires every state to have a user-friendly...

5:00 AM Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017

Obamacare mandates it. The feds gave state health agencies eight years to get it done. But with a deadline days away, Georgia still hasn’t posted all the required records online that could help families steer clear of the worst nursing homes. A little-known provision of the Affordable Care Act requires every state to have a user-friendly...
Zero communication
 His family missed their flight for a Hawaiian vacation because of Sunday’s Atlanta airport nightmare. So the exasperated dad hammered out a list of questions and emailed them to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution — questions that speak to the excruciating ordeal suffered by tens of thousands of travelers, and how the city left them...

1:28 AM Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017

His family missed their flight for a Hawaiian vacation because of Sunday’s Atlanta airport nightmare. So the exasperated dad hammered out a list of questions and emailed them to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution — questions that speak to the excruciating ordeal suffered by tens of thousands of travelers, and how the city left them...
Malls not too hectic before upcoming holiday weekend
 Maybe it’s the oft-reported decline of brick-and-mortar retail. Maybe last weekend’s snow days didn’t slow down the pace of shopping. Whatever it is, today appears to be a good time to hit the malls and check off Christmas list items. This morning — on the start of the last full weekend before Christmas Eve &mdash...

5:27 PM Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017

Maybe it’s the oft-reported decline of brick-and-mortar retail. Maybe last weekend’s snow days didn’t slow down the pace of shopping. Whatever it is, today appears to be a good time to hit the malls and check off Christmas list items. This morning — on the start of the last full weekend before Christmas Eve &mdash...
Atlanta weather: Friday’s traffic no SnowJam, but painful all the same
 Metro Atlanta averted another traffic disaster from a few inches of snow — but just barely. Friday’s winter storm had all the ingredients for a sequel to the region’s “Snowjam ‘14,” when a mere 2.6 inches of snow paralyzed the region and turned the area into a national laughingstock. By early...

11:09 PM Friday, Dec. 08, 2017

Metro Atlanta averted another traffic disaster from a few inches of snow — but just barely. Friday’s winter storm had all the ingredients for a sequel to the region’s “Snowjam ‘14,” when a mere 2.6 inches of snow paralyzed the region and turned the area into a national laughingstock. By early...
L.A. lawsuit accuses Atlanta-based LogistiCare of putting patients in peril
 This van owned by a middle Georgia company is part of a fleet of medical transport vehicles overseen by LogistiCare. It is
               more than a decade old and has clocked more than 450,000 miles. SPECIAL A lawsuit filed in Los Angeles blasts the way Atlanta-based LogistiCare handles medical transportation for millions of Medicaid
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12:02 AM Tuesday, Dec. 05, 2017

This van owned by a middle Georgia company is part of a fleet of medical transport vehicles overseen by LogistiCare. It is more than a decade old and has clocked more than 450,000 miles. SPECIAL A lawsuit filed in Los Angeles blasts the way Atlanta-based LogistiCare handles medical transportation for millions of Medicaid ...
Georgia agency plays keep away with Medicaid records
 A diabetic woman with an amputated leg fell from a wheelchair in this van in 2012. Her injuries caused her to lose her left
               arm. She died in September. SPECIAL Should Georgians have the right to see how state government contractors plan to rectify contract violations? Not if the contractor in question says no. That’s...

12:01 AM Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017

A diabetic woman with an amputated leg fell from a wheelchair in this van in 2012. Her injuries caused her to lose her left arm. She died in September. SPECIAL Should Georgians have the right to see how state government contractors plan to rectify contract violations? Not if the contractor in question says no. That’s...