District Attorney Shannon Wallace said Monday morning that the forensic audit into Cherokee County’s controversial dealings with Ball Ground Recycling shows no illegal activity on the part of the Board of Commissioners.
“I have been advised that it is the conclusion of state and local law enforcement that the audit does not reveal any evidence of criminal wrongdoing by the Board of Commissioners,” Wallace said in a statement. “I have reviewed the audit and agree with this conclusion.”
Wallace said she released the 7,345-page audit to the Board of Commissioners on Monday, after being advised by local law enforcement to do so.
The investigation is ongoing, but it has come to a point where releasing the audit will no longer compromise law enforcement’s efforts, Wallace said.
Wallace said the audit speaks for itself on the county’s management of the deal.
The audit cost Cherokee County $500,000 and was into the county’s dealings with resident Jimmy Bobo’s now defunct recycling operation. In 2006, the county agreed to back $18.1 million in bond debt to move the business, and, when Bobo closed down, taxpayers were left holding the bill for $100,000 a month in payments on the property.