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Augusta commissioner’s federal trial underway

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After successfully lobbying Augusta leaders to shell out $150,000 in taxpayers’ funds for improvement at his local community center, most of the money ended up passing through Sammie Sias’ personal bank account, a prosecutor told the jury in her opening statement Tuesday, July 26.

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  1. Why was a sitting commissioner allowed to operate a city owned community center? Why was a sitting commissioner allowed access to 150,000 dollar of taxpayer money with no oversight? I can see why there is so much corruption in Augusta. Employees and politicians have unfettered use of checking accounts and absolutely no oversight whatsoever..from the mayor to certain commissioners to department heads to employees..people should be in prison for fraud..lots of people..

  2. Augusta’s commissioner’s are the reason that there are multiple checking accounts and they can stop that today! Augusta only needs one checking account and no payments without proper authorization and receipts.

  3. Marion Williams tried unsuccessfully to corral Sias years ago and the other Members of the Commission did not go along with Marion. Marion wanted to know why Sias had the only key to the Center.

  4. So if the Feds are only prosecuting Sias for lying and destruction of evidence, what office will prosecute him for theft of public funds and violating his oath of office? DA Jared Williams, GA AG Chris Carr? Will Sias be required to reimburse his commissioners salary when he is convicted and pay restitution of the funds he stole?

    I hope the FBI and GBI have subpoenas ready to seize any and all documents and computer files for Hardie Davis, the mayor’s office, his staff, his “consultants”, and the organizations to which he supposedly disbursed funds. They should also request court orders to prevent the hiding and destruction of those items before and during an investigation.

    No sitting commissioner who voted against a forensic audit of Hardie Davis should ever hold public office in Richmond County again. Garrett Johnson should clean house at the mayor’s office when he is sworn in and fire everyone who hired by Hardie Davis. That’s a matter of public trust and his ability to trust any remaining staffers.

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