Where did the money go?
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TIMELINE: A look at East Point’s financial predicament
Late 2011: Mayor Earnestine Pittman and the City Council ask the city staff to find someone to do a forensic financial audit of the city’s purchasing and vendor payment system.
June 2012: Progress on the development of a Request For Proposal for the forensic audit begins in earnest, only after the interim city manager is asked about the status of the audit.
Aug 23, 2012: The city’s Contracts and Procurement Department issues an RFP for the audit.
October 2012: The audit, known as the Council-Initiated Investigation, begins after the mayor and the City Council authorize City Attorney Corliss Lawson to oversee the investigation. Lawson appoints Randy Turner of Turner and Ross LLC to do the investigation.
Oct. 24, 2012: The city attorney tells the mayor and council that the Contract and Procurement Department has received information indicating the RFP was “materially flawed,” raising questions of misconduct by the department’s director and the then-interim city manager. Lawson considers bringing in an outside, independent investigator.
January 2013: Mark Felton of Felton Financial Forensics and Valuations LLC of Minnesota joins the fraud investigation team looking into East Point’s finances.
March 11, 2013: Preliminary findings from the audit are reported to the mayor and the City Council.
March 18, 2013: The City Council votes unanimously to approve Phase II of the investigation, which looks at disbursement-related transactions that occurred between Jan. 1, 2000, and Dec. 31, 2012.
June 3, 2013: Report released detailing results of an investigation into allegations of improprieties tied to the purchase of goods and services by East Point. Violations of city procurement codes are found.
East Point at a glance
Location: Fulton County
Size: 13.8 square miles
Budget (2013): about $117.5 million
10 top employers: Tenet-South Fulton Medical Center, 600 workers; Newell Recycling, 600; city of East Point, 523; Dick’s Sporting Goods, 248; Federal Aviation Administration, 200; Lowe’s, 155; Worldpay US, 150; CEVA Logistics, 142; Crowne Plaza Hotel - Atlanta Airport, 133; and Bonterra Nursing Center, 105.
Key point of interest: Home to PPG Industries Inc., the only nonflammable paint facility in the United States. It makes Olympic brand paint for Lowe’s.
Males: 47 percent
Females: 53 percent
Median age of residents: 31.5 years old
Median household income in 2012: $38,759
Median house value in 2012: $107, 368*
* Zillow website
Source: City of East Point website