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Charles Walker transaction shows need for greater accountability in city government

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The Laney Walker-Bethlehem neighborhoods have been the beneficiary of millions of dollars of investment, and the progress can clearly be seen. New homes have re...

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10 COMMENTS

  1. Every Augusta Land Bank Authority and HCD transaction should be “looked at closer by the commission to ensure that political favors are not being handed out at the expense of the taxpayers.” I laughed so hard I blew coffee out of my nose.

  2. Anyone could have bought that property for the same price. If I had bought it, it would have never gotten on the radar, but when you attach Senator Walker’s name to anything, it is like a beacon. It may have been valued at the higher price, but there is no way anyone else would have even looked at it twice knowing the risks they would be taking. I say that the Senator brokered a good deal and the sellers could have refused his offer and walked away and sat on it for another 20 years or more while it continues to crumble with neglect.

  3. Excellent article, I believe diligent follow-up might prove fruitful.

    I recall Walker, like former Governor Roy Barnes, House Speaker Tom Murphy, and some other Democrats, was removed from office in the 2002 elections. However, Walker won back a Senate seat a couple of years later, even thought it was reported that the federal government had filed a 142-count indictment against him, with charges including mail fraud, income tax evasion and conspiracy.

    Walker was one of three prominent Augusta-area politicians indicted during a relatively short period of time, along with a former state Representative and ex-Georgia School Superintendent, both Republicans. All three went to prison.

    It was reported that Walker was convicted in 2005 of stealing from the charity he set up, of bilking advertisers in a newspaper he owned, of strong-arming Atlanta’s Grady Memorial Hospital into using his personnel services business, and of misrepresenting his ownership in companies doing business with the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.

    *source ajc.com

  4. Why does the minority community keep electing people that have been found guilty of crimes? Even when two people of the same race are running, they vote for the most radical one. It happens all the time.

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