District Attorney Shannon Wallace decided to release the $500,000 forensic audit on the failed Resource Recovery Development Authority/Bobo fiasco and, not surprising, but nonetheless disappointing, found nothing over the last seven-plus months that she would consider illegal regarding the actions of the commissioners who are currently running for election. These are same commissioners who approve her budget and co-sponsored a political fundraiser with her last fall.
This convenient release and exoneration by the district attorney will undoubtedly boost Johnston and Ahrens in the commission race.
The audit is not yet available to the citizens who paid for it (she gave it to the county attorney) but we have the auditor’s summary. It is outrageous that Ms. Wallace, our district attorney, finds nothing illegal in the actions of the commissioners. The audit covers Sept. 5, 2007 to Dec. 31, 2010. It doesn’t include the period when commissioners secretly paid $101,500 per month from county taxpayer funds for Bobo’s loan.
The auditor found evidence of altered invoices, missing equipment, costs paid for Bobo’s separate land from bond proceeds and draws disbursed without proper backup documentation. We overpaid for equipment and paid for equipment that can’t be located. We continue to store Bobo’s equipment for free. We also paid Bobo twice for a steel building (draw 5 and draw 8), which the manufacturer shows as a cancelled order ($32,500 for nothing!). We purchased land without a written contract or closing statement, gave Bobo a million dollar profit and erroneously paid off Bobo’s 14 acres, yet never corrected these mistakes.
The commissioners blamed Bobo’s architect, for authorizing erroneous draws. Yet the lawsuit our overpaid county attorneys brought against this architectural firm was dismissed based on our lawyers failing to file the necessary expert affidavit (see Judge McElyea’s 4/22/2013 decision). The Commissioners gave Bobo millions without documentation.
Ms. Wallace couldn’t have a better case for malfeasance. She may not see anything wrong in the commissioners’ actions, but I hope voters disagree May 20 and in two years when she is up for election.