NOW THAT GREG EDWARDS, the Dougherty Judicial Circuit district attorney, has his hands on the long-awaited Georgia Bureau of Investigation report into the downtown manager’s office, what’s next? When will the public get to see what’s in it? There’s no telling.
“I literally just got the report a few minutes ago,” Edwards said Tuesday. “We are doing it now as an investigation that is still ongoing.”
The obvious focuses of the criminal investigation, in addition to fired downtown manager Don Buie, are Buie’s estranged wife, Shanon, who was on Buie’s payroll; Buie’s former girlfriend, Nicole Brown, who also was on Buie’s payroll; and Lajuana Woods, the Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority member, who also was on Buie’s payroll, but in a bigger way. (She received a secret $50,000 “grant” for her L’Jua’s restaurant on Radium Springs Road.)
Whether others including City Manager Alfred Lott and additional ADICA board members will be charged with crimes due to missing money or violating their fiduciary responsibilities seems to be up the air.
“We’re going to review it and try to get it to a grand jury as soon as practical,” Edwards said, noting that a grand jury is in session. “Certainly, we’ve got to review all the documents to decide who to charge and what to charge them with.”
By Kevin Hogencamp