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Sias found guilty of federal crimes

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Not a muscle in suspended Augusta Commissioner Sammie Sias’s face twitched Friday evening when the guilty verdict was announced at the conclusion of his federal trial.

The jury deliberated just over two hours Friday, July 29, before returning its verdict of guilty of both counts - destroying evi...

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  1. I have had to fire many dishonest employees over the years. Without fail, every single one of them has used some variation of the excuse that they’ve worked so hard and accomplished so much that the lying and stealing just doesn’t matter, or that the hard work and accomplishments somehow offset the lying and stealing. (OK, that and with regard to stealing, that they were just “borrowing” the money and were really, really planning on returning it.)

  2. I’ve known Sammie for many years. He’s an Arrogant Bully and Thug. And when it comes to his military discount, he’s full of it. All you have to do is present your military ID to get your discount and payment doesn’t have to come from your personal account. You can pay cash, check , credit card , they can care less how you pay after showing your military ID. The city of Augusta needs to immediately stop paying him a salary and any other benefits he’s receiving as of his guilty date. Thank God we had one Commissioner with a backbone to pass along information to the FBI. It is my understanding that all the other Commissioners and Hardie Davis was given the same information but sat on it and did nothing. Time to put a spotlight on those individuals.

          • The other Commissioners that have things to hide know I’m talking about them. Pasted and present Commissioners including Hardie Davis. But I will ask this question commissioner McKnight. Have you or any current commissioners asked the GBI, FBI and IRS to step in and look at the ongoing miss use of tax payers money? There needs to be accountability in Augusta Government. If elected officials and government employees don’t report possible crimes, they should also be held accountable.

  3. But if the city didn’t ask for the receipts, that was its shortcoming, not Sias’.
    Even if Augusta asks for receipts, certain politicians refuse to comply. Nothing suspicious about that?

  4. So Richmond County gave Sias $150,000 with no strings attached and he took full advantage of it. If he had not lied to the feds it sounds like he would have likely gotten away with it. Hiding the records was admitting to theft.

  5. Just sad how power breeds corruption.

    During his time as an unconstitutional “Ex Officio” member on the Aviation Committee Sias interjected opinion on most issues as if an expert. My objections communicated directly to the Mayor of Sias (or any Commissioner) being on the Aviation Commission as a Ex Officio member being in violation of the City’s Charter were brushed aside. Check it out, the Mayor is the only “Ex Officio” member provided for on the Aviation Commission by Charter Section 1-3-2. They currently have two “Ex Officio” Augusta Commissioners as members.

    “Sec. 1-3-2.The mayor shall be an ex officio member of the
    Augusta Aviation Commission and all other members of such commission shall serve without compensation.”
    The document link is https://www.augustaga.gov/DocumentCenter/View/750/Title1GenGov?bidId=, go to page 52 in the document.

    Come to find out, Sias tried to engineer a purchase of new furniture for the Executive Director’s office through his appointee to that commission (his spurned lover, I guess) who had risen to the level of Chairperson so the perfectly good furniture replaced could be transferred to Jamestown Community Center as reported by WJBF. In addition to this affront, the purchase of new furniture was never presented to the Aviation Commission. The diligence of Geri Sam’s stopped this process dead in its tracks as in circumvented prescribed procedure. This is all a matter of record which got swept under the rug.

    See this report to confirm: https://www.wjbf.com/csra-news/purchasing-violations-at-airport-leads-to-furniture-gate/

    Now, I wish no one excessive punishment for transgressions but, trust me when I tell you this one of those “Tip Of The Iceberg” events.

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