Grand jury: Don’t release forensic audit for Bobo’s
by Michelle Babcock
April 16, 2014 04:00 AM | 2292 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The front gates of the Ball Ground Recycling facility are seen on March 12. A grand jury recommended Tuesday the forensic audit report on Cherokee’s dealings with Ball Ground Recycling not be released to the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners until all aspects of the investigation are complete, documents show.<br>Staff/Kelly J. Huff
The front gates of the Ball Ground Recycling facility are seen on March 12. A grand jury recommended Tuesday the forensic audit report on Cherokee’s dealings with Ball Ground Recycling not be released to the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners until all aspects of the investigation are complete, documents show.
Staff/Kelly J. Huff
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A grand jury recommended Tuesday the forensic audit report on Cherokee’s dealings with Ball Ground Recycling not be released to the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners until all aspects of the investigation are complete, documents show.

The January 2014 term Cherokee County grand jury presented its decision Tuesday that the forensic audit would not be released “until the local, state and federal law enforcement authorities authorize said release,” the presentments show.

Cherokee County District Attorney Shannon Wallace, who has been repeatedly asked to release the forensic audit, said she will follow the grand jury’s recommendation.

“I will abide by the recommendation of the grand jury, and once the local, state and federal law enforcement agencies have approved the release of the audit, I will release it to the Board of Commissioners,” Wallace said Tuesday.

Wallace said three law enforcement agencies are investigating the matter: the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The forensic audit was conducted into the county’s dealings with the defunct recycling operation, formerly run by resident Jimmy Bobo.

The Resource Recovery Development Authority, created by the Board of Commissioners in 2006, backed Bobo with $18.1 million in bonds to move his business from county property on Blalock Road to the Ball Ground location.

The grand jury was presented with the audit by its author, Rhonda McClendon, and the jury members thanked her for the presentation.

“We, the January 2014 Grand Jury, were presented with the Ball Ground Recycling forensic audit by Rhonda McClendon, the auditor and author of the report,” the decision read. “We … were also updated by law enforcement as to the progress of the pending law enforcement investigation of this matter.”

Wallace said she is prohibited by law from discussing the grand jury deliberations and would release the audit once all involved law enforcement authorize its release.

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