ATLANTA: Georgia lawmaker Tyrone Brooks has been called up as the next lawmaker in line to be handed a grand jury indictment. The 30-count indictment charges mail, wire and tax fraud. Brooks, 67, is accused of soliciting contributions from individual and corporate donors in the fight against illiteracy, but diverted the money to pay personal expenses including credit card bills, home improvements, vacations and dry-cleaning.
Brooks is also accused of underreporting his income to the IRS, saying he earned about $35,000 a year. The indictment charges Brooks with filing fraudulent returns between 2008 and 2011.
The US Attorneys office has a stellar reputation for being thorough in their investigations, keeping the investigation out of the public eye until they are ready to lower the boom on the unwilling subject. This is the same office that brought down once beloved Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell. Once you’ve been hit by one of these indictments, it’s almost predestined that you will be found guilty of something. It’s time to lawyer up immediately.
Mr. Brooks has done good deeds in the community and as a taxpayer and someone who wants to believe in good leadership and good government, I hope for the sake of this state, that Mr. Brooks is not guilty.
(Source: wsbtv, timesfreepress.com)
- State Rep. Tyrone Brooks Sr. indicted on fraud and tax charges (bizjournals.com)
- Ga. Rep. Brooks of Atlanta indicted for wire fraud (sfgate.com)