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Suspended Augusta commissioner controlled all documentation of how $150,000 in taxpayer funds was spent

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Federal prosecutors began weaving the threads to persuade jurors that a suspended Augusta commissioner tried to cover up his misuse of taxpayer dollars and lied to federal investigators when he said he had given them everything they needed to determine how $150,000 was alleged spent at a community ...

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  1. Who in this Government is doing their job? Is there no system in place that tracks where splost money and tax money is spent and property being used. Surely people in the Finance Department and Procurement Department keeps up where the money goes. And if any of these individuals knows anything about taxpayers money being embezzled or wrongfully being used by former or current politicians it is their responsibility to notify the proper law enforcement of possible crimes being committed. If they have knowingly let crimes occur and sat silent and didn’t contact proper authorities they should also be prosecuted!!!

  2. Amazingly, there is no mention of what started the unraveling of this web of deceit. A scorned lover was first to “spill the beans” on Sias She was his appointee to the Aviation Commission, held a role at the Jamestown CC and rose to the ranks of Chairperson at the Aviation Board.

    Before that, to make this happen, Sias inserted himself in as an Unconstitutional “Ex-Officio” member. My protests to the Mayor were dismissed by him. Her claims of sexual harassment and intimidation are a matter of record.

    Thanks to Procurement Director Geri Sams, a scheme to replace the Airport Directors office furniture, then have the old furniture sent to the Jamestown facility was thwarted because they circunvented purchasing protocol.

    I was there, saw it all unfold.

    I don’t normally speak out, but this guy (Sias) is bad news. A Sergeant Major gone bad. A bully who dominated meeting after meeting..

    Destroying evidence is no surprise, and probably the tip of the Iceberg of the corruption he may be involved in.

    After over 15 years on the Aviation Commission, I have seen attemp after attempt to gain access of over 80 million in cash held in reserves there. I would encourage taxpayers to pay closer attention to those public documents, especially a category of “Marketing” which has turned into a slush fund for special interest groups.

  3. How can anyone be shocked or surprised at Sias’ deceit? Any man who would have a long term affair with his neighbor’s wife would easily screw over the county. Simply put, Sias just thought he was smarter than everyone else and felt he could get away with just about anything. Who knows what else he did that the public has no idea of?
    Honestly, I think most of the commissioners..and, of course, the mayor… are just like Sias…think they’re smarter than everyone else.

  4. It entirely credible that Augusta-Richmond County’s government is rife with nepotism, bribes, kickbacks, favors to supported and donors, embezzlement, theft by taking and deception, and other crimes and misdemeanors on the part of a few officials and employees. Sadly, the good and honest people who work with these criminals are dragged down with them. It must be horrible to know a crime is going on, but be fearful you will lose your job if you report it in-house or to the county DA or sheriff.

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