Cobb widow ‘taken hostage’ in scam lost closer to $4 million, attorney says

12:11 pm Mar. 1, 2017

Prosecutors uncovered $3.6 million lost by a Cobb widow to a scam artist who she entrusted with her finances, but her attorney says the total could be closer to $4 million.

Kasey Libby, who became Frances Perkins’ court-appointed financial conservator as she tried to recover from a multi-year scam perpetrated by Jeff Carr, said his own investigation found an additional $400,000 that Perkins may have lost in Carr’s scam.

She was

Atlanta VA fails to conduct criminal checks on employees

7:30 am Feb. 3, 2017

The Atlanta VA Medical Center failed its obligation to complete timely background checks and drug tests for hundreds of new employees,The investigation by the VA’s Office of Inspector General does not directly address whether the

Whistleblower to VA secretary: Fix problems at veterans enrollment office

7:30 am Feb. 1, 2017

Dr. David J. Shulkin, who faces a Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday to become the new secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, is no stranger the major problems at the VA’s national health enrollment office in Atlanta.

Shortly after he became Under Secretary overseeing the Veterans Health Administration, Shulkin visited the national Health Eligibility Center (HEC) in DeKalb County in August 2015. The AJC reported in 2014 about a series

Estate sale of executive killed by husband draws thousands, adds final day

2:40 pm Dec. 13, 2016

The estate sale of Diane McIver drew thousands of people to the Buckhead showroom where people bought fur coats, designer jewelry and items from her large hat collection.

Now, the popularity has led the company handling the deceased Atlanta executive’s estate to add an additional day on Wednesday.

“Our sales are always popular, but this was off the charts,” said Robert Ahlers, owner of Peachtree Battle Estate Sales and Liquidations, which

Attitudes toward police differ by race, but consensus on some issues, report finds.

7:30 am Dec. 9, 2016

It’s no surprise that attitudes toward police in America break sharply based on race.

But a new survey finds a consensus on a variety of issues regarding law enforcement across the country. The study conducted by Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank in Washington D.C., found an overwhelming majority (84 percent) oppose the common practice of police seizing money or property in drug cases before a person is convicted.

–79 percent think

Atlanta whistleblower to Trump: Address ongoing “nightmare” in VA’s systems

10:51 am Dec. 1, 2016

An Atlanta-based whistleblower who helped expose failures in the VA’s national health enrollment system called on President-elect Trump to appoint a strong executive to fix the troubled agency.

Scott Davis, a communications official at the national Health Eligibility Center headquartered off Clairmont Road in DeKalb County, wrote to the incoming president in an open letter published this week in the Washington Examiner newspaper.

He mentioned many of the issues he helped 

Black residents in coastal Georgia area feel targeted by local sheriff

11:09 am Nov. 1, 2016

Nearly every black resident I spoke with in McIntosh County last month for our front page story that ran Sunday had an experience getting stopped by local law enforcement for a minor infraction or they knew someone who’d been stopped.

Here’s a video of John Littles, a local community organizer, describing how he was stopped one morning by a local deputy and how the deputy’s reasoning for stopping him seemed