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DA looking into Beaudreau's expense reports

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett's district attorney is looking into the county-reimbursed expenses of a former commissioner, after a newspaper investigation.

Former Commissioner Mike Beaudreau, who left office at the end of the year, was found to have sought reimbursements of nearly $23,000 during his two terms in office. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that some of the expenses may not have involved county business.

This is the second time District Attorney Danny Porter has looked into the expenses, since political activist Joe Newton filed a complaint during last month's election.

"We are looking into the expenses to determine whether or not all of them were for county business and whether the expense sheet signed under penalty of law was true," Porter told the Daily Post.

The investigation is being conducted by a new chief investigator Porter hired this year specifically to look into increased complaints of government corruption since two commissioners have been arrested in the past several years.

Attempts to reach Beaudreau were not immediately successful.

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JimmyOrr 1 year, 1 month ago

Scrutiny of those in positions of authority is but one of many reasons whey Gwinnett County government needs for an independent Office of Internal Auditor to be reinstated. If I am not mistaken, a 2006 Grand Jury made this same recommendation. I understand that internal auditing is now done by whta is called the Performance Analysis Division which, in my opinion, in all proability is nothing more than a bureaucracy within a bureaucracy. I would further surmise that when it came down to "hardnosed" auditing, the Performance Analysis Division would be about as useless as you know what on a boar hog. The investigation of an elected official would not be necessary if Gwinnett County had a bonafide Internal auditor. One of the responsibilities of the Office of Internal Auditor is to police those in positions of authority whether said positions be in the private sector or the public sector.

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GwinnettResident2001 1 year, 1 month ago

I don't know why anybody would run for political office in Gwinnett. You spend 50% of your expense allowance over the lifetime of your 8 terms totaling $23,000 - during that time Gwinnett spent somewhere around 7,000,000,000. (That'd be 0.00003% of the total expenditures in a year...) You get paid next to nothing to serve and you get the DA on you. Even if 50% of the $23,000 is "questionable" - it's still under the allowance, nearly impossible to prove and a total waste of taxpayer time and money to investigate. How much is the County going to rack up in legal fees, even if it's to their own paid employees, to root out $13,000 of maybe questionable reimbursement that was still within the limit?

I think Gwinnett has much bigger issues than this... What a waste of time and money.

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Coolray 1 year, 1 month ago

If he shoplifted $50 worth of merchandise from Walmart what should we do about it?

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NewsReader 1 year, 1 month ago

With all due respect JimmyOrr, and I do have a great deal of respect for you, I don't buy into the need to have an internal auditor as another paid county employee. It is very little to expect, IMHO, for an elected official representing the people, to do faithfully and honorably the position for the office for which they are sworn to uphold. Barring that, they can just go straight to jail as far as I'm concerned. They didn't have to sign up for this, but they did. And in doing so, that is the least they can do. As for Mike Beaudreau though, what goes around comes around. If he did break the law, perhaps he, Shirley, and eventually Kevin can all join one another and have one big BOC party in a federal penitentiary.

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Mack711 1 year, 1 month ago

You left out good time Charlie. He should be investigated also. There are too mayn unanswered questions concerning Charlie.

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Coolray 1 year, 1 month ago

The DA agreed to look the other way in exchange for his resignation.

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dman 1 year, 1 month ago

Someone needs to question the expenses, each time they come in. Instead of letting them pile up, deal with them one at a time when they are turned in. That way the commissioners would learn each time what was acceptable and what wasn't. You could curb bad expense practices before they reach thousands of dollars.

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mickey 1 year, 1 month ago

But they don't because they have Aaron Bovos making the calls. Marie Woods is just a "yes" person.

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Cleanupguy 1 year, 1 month ago

I am immediately suspicious of anything that Joe Newton is involved with. Years ago Joe’s 60 plus page rap sheet turned up (from several brushes with the law) and the identities of his underhanded behind the curtain political handlers were exposed. Joe (and his counterpart George Anderson) is quite simply a paid stooge that uses every dirty trick in the book to discredit the enemies of his employers. Years ago the state determined that the one-person blind PAC he had set up was not legal, nor was the non-disclosure of his funding sources. He used to routinely attempt to bully people by suggesting that he had “legal expertise” and would “lay his lawyering” (yes, a quote) on them, but that too was a fraud. He was briefly a law clerk for the now late George T. Smith (please Google that), a long time family friend of mine, who quietly admitted that Joe had more than a few scary loose bolts. Anyway, whoever approved Mike’s expenses should hold the first line of accountability. Perhaps we should just burn every former commissioner at the stake to ensure that we get all of the “guilty” ones. Similar tactics have been attempted against Lorraine Green and Bert Nasuti, for example, two of the finest that ever served Gwinnett. Then again, Bannister, Kenerly and Lasseter (two of which were Joe Newton allies) never received nearly enough scrutiny. Just gotta wonder.

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mickey 1 year, 1 month ago

Are you on drugs or do you actually think everyone wants to read all of you non-related crap. I bet you are really fun at parties....the one everyone walks away from or tries not to make eye contact.

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Cleanupguy 1 year, 1 month ago

Yeah, much better to just look on the surface than behind the story. That's basically how these guys got into office in the first place, but what the heck, gives the whiners something to do.

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NewsReader 1 year, 1 month ago

mickey, you crack me up! LOL! Drugs would explain a lot!

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try_common_sense 1 year, 1 month ago

Just the tip of the iceburg on Newton. Porter should be spending his tax dollars investigating Newton's recent harrassment and trespassing charges. Instead he'll spend $100K investigating a $16.02 lunch expense.

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kevin 1 year, 1 month ago

What can they do about it now that he quit public office? Didn't Bannister escape a possible trial by quitting his post? At least this is what the GDP reported as the reason he quit.

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Coolray 1 year, 1 month ago

If he stole taxpayer's money to take his friends and his parents out to dinner and claimed mileage for non business events its called" stealing." Last time I checked we don't just proscute petty crooks like shoplifters, we prosecute white collar criminals who steal from the taxpayers, unless your name is Don Balfour.

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MichelleCouch 1 year, 1 month ago

I have had a theory for a long time that I believe applies to this very situation.

It is "VERY OFTEN" the "MOST GULITY" that do the accusing simply because they know first-hand what crimes they themselves are capable of and have habitually committed on a regular basis. Making such malicious accusations is even easy for these sadistic beings because they lack a certain element of humanity and Godliness.

That's the best logic for the Joe Newton's, George Anderson's, and other less notable cowardly bloodsuckers of this breed.

This breed of liars who feed off of making up stories and conspiracies in an effort to destroy the lives of good public servants who have dedicated their careers to making a difference in their communities; and at a great sacrifice if I may so add.

Whether the accusations made are truthful or not is absolutely irrelevant to the game that these witch-hunters set-up to play; the witch-hunter's only goal is to devastate its target's consciousness, fracture its target's spirit and destroy its target's will.

Sometimes these bloodthirsty sadists are successful and drive their targets into seclusion, and sometimes their targets fight back.

Cambridge Psychoanalyst, Walter Langer, said, "people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one, and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it."

I hope Mike Beaudreau fights back, and fights back hard!

You have my full support Mike! Thank you for your great service to Gwinnett County and especially my District!

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Don_Coyote 1 year, 1 month ago

There are more than a couple of quibbles I would have had with Mr. Beaudreau's expense reports at the time of their filing. And that is plain and simply the time this should have been handled. By auditing Mr. Beaudreau's questionable expenses early the county could have saved at most $1K-2K annually out of the $3K he averaged. This is of course, chump change on the scale of things and since the reports were accepted and paid, under the $5K limit, legal chump change at that. Danny Porter should be tending to the beam in his own eye. Perhaps find out who was buying the other commissioner's lunches? As a taxpayer I prefer paying $8 for a commissioner's lunch at Sweet Tomatoes over a developer or lobbyist buying him or her a more extravagant one, those lunches cost the taxpayers much more that $8.

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