Dan Klepal

Reporter

Dan Klepal is a reporter on the AJC’s investigative team, focusing mainly on local and state governments. Klepal previously covered Atlanta City Hall and Cobb County, where he wrote extensively about the public investment in SunTrust Park. Prior to coming to Atlanta, Klepal covered city governments in Cincinnati and Louisville, Kentucky.

Latest from Dan Klepal

Atlanta City Hall scandal: another guilty plea as probe intensifies
 The federal investigation of Atlanta City Hall is intensifying and adding new investigators and prosecutors, U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak said Wednesday, moments after the probe recorded its fifth guilty plea from a former top aide to Mayor Kasim Reed. Flanked by top local agents with the FBI and IRS Criminal Investigation...

Posted: 13 hours ago

The federal investigation of Atlanta City Hall is intensifying and adding new investigators and prosecutors, U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak said Wednesday, moments after the probe recorded its fifth guilty plea from a former top aide to Mayor Kasim Reed. Flanked by top local agents with the FBI and IRS Criminal Investigation...
Former Reed aide pleads guilty in corruption case
 Former Kasim Reed aide Katrina Taylor-Parks became the second high-ranking Atlanta official to plead guilty in the federal corruption investigation of City Hall Wednesday. Taylor-Parks, Reed’s former deputy chief of staff and a 23-year City Hall veteran, pleaded guilty to accepting $4,000 in bribes from a city vendor and agreed to cooperate...

Posted: a day ago

Former Kasim Reed aide Katrina Taylor-Parks became the second high-ranking Atlanta official to plead guilty in the federal corruption investigation of City Hall Wednesday. Taylor-Parks, Reed’s former deputy chief of staff and a 23-year City Hall veteran, pleaded guilty to accepting $4,000 in bribes from a city vendor and agreed to cooperate...
Atlanta City Hall: Former Reed aide charged with bribery
 A second member of former Mayor Kasim Reed’s cabinet has been charged with conspiracy and accepting bribes in the federal corruption investigation at Atlanta City Hall. Katrina Taylor-Parks, a 23-year veteran of City Hall, was accused of accepting a $2,000 bribe in 2013 through a company she owned. Her husband, DeAnthony Parks, also...

Posted: 7 days ago

A second member of former Mayor Kasim Reed’s cabinet has been charged with conspiracy and accepting bribes in the federal corruption investigation at Atlanta City Hall. Katrina Taylor-Parks, a 23-year veteran of City Hall, was accused of accepting a $2,000 bribe in 2013 through a company she owned. Her husband, DeAnthony Parks, also...
Feds charge Reed’s deputy chief of staff in Atlanta corruption probe
 There are new charges filed in the federal corruption investigation of Atlanta City Hall. Katrina Taylor-Parks, who served as deputy chief of staff to former Mayor Kasim Reed, was charged in a criminal information unsealed Wednesday morning with accepting bribes in 2013 from an unidentified city vendor. The money was provided to either Parks...

Posted: 7 days ago

There are new charges filed in the federal corruption investigation of Atlanta City Hall. Katrina Taylor-Parks, who served as deputy chief of staff to former Mayor Kasim Reed, was charged in a criminal information unsealed Wednesday morning with accepting bribes in 2013 from an unidentified city vendor. The money was provided to either Parks...
Report: Reed’s staff bonuses violated state constitution, city charter
 A confidential investigative report obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says that former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration, along with the City Council, violated the state Constitution by paying roughly $800,000 in bonuses just before Reed left office in December. The 90-page report from the Thompson Hine LLP law...

Posted: 8 days ago

A confidential investigative report obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says that former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration, along with the City Council, violated the state Constitution by paying roughly $800,000 in bonuses just before Reed left office in December. The 90-page report from the Thompson Hine LLP law...
US Justice Department adds prosecutors to Atlanta office
 U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak has added more firepower to his stable of federal prosecutors in Atlanta, including new attorneys with expertise in fraud, government investigations, racketeering, forfeiture and asset recovery. Pak announced Monday that he has hired eight new attorneys for his office, which has been investigating...

Posted: 9 days ago

U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak has added more firepower to his stable of federal prosecutors in Atlanta, including new attorneys with expertise in fraud, government investigations, racketeering, forfeiture and asset recovery. Pak announced Monday that he has hired eight new attorneys for his office, which has been investigating...
Corruption probe at Atlanta City Hall shifts from bribes to spending
 Federal investigators over the past two years have peered into nearly every corner of Atlanta City Hall. The corruption probe started with a subpoena related to a pair of outside contractors and one of former Mayor Kasim Reed’s campaign advisers. Then it pivoted, with one aimed at the airport, Watershed and Public Works departments...

Posted: 18 days ago

Federal investigators over the past two years have peered into nearly every corner of Atlanta City Hall. The corruption probe started with a subpoena related to a pair of outside contractors and one of former Mayor Kasim Reed’s campaign advisers. Then it pivoted, with one aimed at the airport, Watershed and Public Works departments...
Feds seek records of payouts to former Reed aides in latest subpoena
 At least eight members of former Mayor Kasim Reed’s cabinet of advisers received lump-sum payouts totaling more than $259,000 for accrued leave during his last two years in office, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution analysis of the city’s payroll data. Those payouts are among those targeted in a new subpoena delivered...

Posted: 22 days ago

At least eight members of former Mayor Kasim Reed’s cabinet of advisers received lump-sum payouts totaling more than $259,000 for accrued leave during his last two years in office, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution analysis of the city’s payroll data. Those payouts are among those targeted in a new subpoena delivered...
New subpoena seeks leave, payout records of ex-Mayor Reed’s cabinet
 The federal corruption investigation at Atlanta City Hall has expanded again — this time into former Mayor Kasim Reed’s circle of closest advisers, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution learned Monday. U.S. prosecutors last week issued a subpoena demanding documentation of all requests and approvals for any type of leave for each member...

Posted: 23 days ago

The federal corruption investigation at Atlanta City Hall has expanded again — this time into former Mayor Kasim Reed’s circle of closest advisers, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution learned Monday. U.S. prosecutors last week issued a subpoena demanding documentation of all requests and approvals for any type of leave for each member...
Atlanta Mayor Bottoms outspends Reed on luxury car service, AJC finds
 Carey Executive Limousine is one of the largest luxury car services in the world, with fleets of “distinctive Cadillac … sedans, limousines, SUVs, vans and mini buses” in more than 1,000 cities worldwide, according to the company’s website. And the chauffeured car service has a big fan in Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms...

Posted: 29 days ago

Carey Executive Limousine is one of the largest luxury car services in the world, with fleets of “distinctive Cadillac … sedans, limousines, SUVs, vans and mini buses” in more than 1,000 cities worldwide, according to the company’s website. And the chauffeured car service has a big fan in Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms...
Atlanta judge spends lavishly on gifts, stationery and party invites
 An Atlanta Municipal Court Judge spent thousands in public money on lavish gifts, a party hosted by former Mayor Kasim Reed and luxurious stationery, including gold-seal letterhead. Terrinee Gundy, appointed by Reed to the bench in 2013, spent money budgeted for her courtroom on three “flame of excellence” sculptures made of glass...

1:41 PM Thursday, Jul. 12, 2018

An Atlanta Municipal Court Judge spent thousands in public money on lavish gifts, a party hosted by former Mayor Kasim Reed and luxurious stationery, including gold-seal letterhead. Terrinee Gundy, appointed by Reed to the bench in 2013, spent money budgeted for her courtroom on three “flame of excellence” sculptures made of glass...