‘Audit belongs to the people’: Cosby calls to reopen Ball Ground Recycling case
by Jessicah Peters
August 15, 2014 12:05 AM | 7616 views | 8 8 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Carolyn Cosby, center, speaks during a press conference outside of the District Attorney’s office in the Cherokee County Justice Center on Thursday. On the left, protesters Debra Wallace, Debbie Proctor and Linda Flory hold signs. From behind Cosby, to the right, stand supporters Dave Konwick, Ian Black, John Hiland and Valerie Oliver. <br>Staff/C.B. Schmelter
Carolyn Cosby, center, speaks during a press conference outside of the District Attorney’s office in the Cherokee County Justice Center on Thursday. On the left, protesters Debra Wallace, Debbie Proctor and Linda Flory hold signs. From behind Cosby, to the right, stand supporters Dave Konwick, Ian Black, John Hiland and Valerie Oliver.
Staff/C.B. Schmelter
CANTON — Carolyn Cosby, former Canton T.E.A. Party leader, demanded District Attorney Shannon Wallace reopen the case into the Ball Ground Recycling project during a press conference she called Thursday.

Cosby, who is running for the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners chairman seat, and her team of supporters rallied outside Wallace’s office presenting what they called “an audit of the audit.”

The May 2014 grand jury announced Tuesday they found no prosecutable criminal case with regard to the Ball Ground Recycling project. Wallace announced Wednesday her office has officially closed the case as well.

On April 28, the forensic audit on the Ball Ground Recycling project was released to the public by Wallace’s office. The auditor, McClendon and Associates, submitted the documents to Wallace in September 2013.

“The District Attorney has held the audit for nine months. We have had barely three months to see it. We want to look at this document,” Cosby said. “We’re very disturbed with what is going on in Cherokee County. There seems to be a collusion of effort to bury the forensic audit.”

In 2007, the county backed $18.1 million in bonds to relocate the recycling business off county-owned property on Blaylock Road near Holly Springs to a site off Highway 5 near Ball Ground. The county continues to own the shuttered recycling plant.

Operator Jimmy Bobo later declared bankruptcy, leaving the county to foot the bill of $100,000 per month in debt service payments on the remaining $16 million loan.

Cosby claimed during the conference Wallace had been compromised and is not in a position “where she can honestly and aggres-sively review the audit.”

Wallace, who did not attend the press conference, said Thursday afternoon she was aware of the meeting and she had received Cosby’s letter, but it did not change the status of the case.

“I have received the memorandum from Cosby stating her position. This matter remains officially closed in my office,” Wallace said.

Cosby stated she requested a copy of the police findings from Detective Bert Love but was told he handed over his file to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

“We are requesting (Wallace) allow investigations to stay open for at least nine months and allow the public to review this audit before it is shut down. We deserve as much time as she had to review it, because we have jobs and other responsibilities and this is her job to do,” Cosby said. “At the same time, we’re recommending that if she cannot do this job, we’ve asked surrounding counties that have experience with white collar crimes in Gwinnett and Cobb counties to do it instead. I’ve talked to both of those district attorneys and they’re willing to review it. We believe that it should be handled by a different district attorney.”

While Cosby was surrounded by supporters during the conference, she was greeted by protesters, as well. When Cosby’s campaign manager Don Vice asked protester Bob Rugg how he heard word of the “private” press conference, Rugg said it was the talk of the town.

Rugg along with three others brought signs saying, “Say no to Cosby. She will bankrupt the county” and “Cosby went bankrupt and we paid for her $1.3 million dollar spending spree!”

When Rugg tried to ask Cosby a question, Cosby said she was only taking questions from the press.

“The press conference is to demand that the forensic audit be opened. We can talk about my bankruptcy at another time. But I can tell you this. It was not about mismanagement. It was about being out of funds,” Cosby said when asked by the media her response to the signs. “Our incomes were lost same time everyone else’s was in 2007. We didn’t have the money. In that time it was the construction business that was the first to be hurt in the downturn of the economy.”

Cosby once again asked all questions be directed back toward the topic of reopening the case in order for citizens to review the forensic audit.

“The audit belongs to the people. The auditor’s work was a little disheveled, but despite it we were able to piece it together,” Cosby said.

Cosby is running as an independent candidate against Chairman Buzz Ahrens in the Nov. 4 General Election for the chairman seat. Her name was placed on the ballot after the Cherokee County Board of Elections approved her more than 5,982 signatures needed.  

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GA Voter
August 17, 2014
Ms Cosby stated she asked the DAs in two neighboring counties to investigate "The Report". The DAs have told the news they did not receive such a request nor would they investigate.

Just more lies from the "Millionare Lady".

She pays no Cherokee property taxes but wants to be Commission Chair to handle our money????

Ian Black
August 20, 2014
When The left can,t argue the issues,they attack the opposition.Just take a look at Gov. Perry.Carolyn Cosby and the canton Tea Party has done more for the folks of Cherokee Co. and the state of Ga. than most of the politictions currently in office.Perhaps the people of Cherokee Co.should question your papers true agenda. It does,nt seem to be pursuit of the truth!Dare you to print this.
August 23, 2014
Awesome Ian, so are you saying that Cosby is a leftie. All she does is attack people. The truth ain't in her.

No More Lies
August 16, 2014
dayThe Johnston campaign lost because of Cosby's lies about Bobo. Now it is the same lie thrown at Ahrens. She knows the deal was done by her good friend and supporter Mike Byrd. Ahrens wasn't even in office when Byrd made the agreement, but the truth has never gotten in Cosby's way. Just Google Carolyn Cosby plus ethics or Maine. Read about her underhanded campaign tactics.

August 15, 2014
Commissioner Ahrens should be careful who he lets support him. Some of these usual suspects were the "kiss of death" to the Harry Johnston campaign. I'm not saying Cosby is the person for the job, I'm just saying these no-growthers will go to extraordinary lengths for their candidates.
Cherokee Proud
August 15, 2014
Ms Cosby sure knows what it takes to get herself in the news.Jumping ship from her own TEA Party to be an independent, illegally collecting signatures at gov't locations, multiple ethics charges from Maine to Georgia (some VERY recent), a past that involves personal financial chaos from $1M loans and foreclosed homes.

Yes, this is who we want in charge of our county's money! NOT!! Google "Carolyn Cosby" and the word "ethics". That's all you need to know about why this person should have nothing to do with the politics in our county.
Cherokee Voter
August 15, 2014
There has been a huge amount of money and time spent investigating the BGR mess and there is no evidence of any crime being committed. It was just a bad business deal toppled by the economic and housing crash - the same root cause that Cosby claims caused her business to fail and resulting bankruptcy.

If she has any evidence of any crime related to BGR, she has an obligation to take that to the DA or any number of other authorities that have investigated this matter. The fact is, she does not. She is simply doing what she does best - making a lot of noise politicking on falsehoods and lies.

If sanity does not prevail, there is a very real danger that this lunatic could be elected to chair the county commission. That would be a disaster for our county.

GA Voter
August 15, 2014
The public can read more about Cosby's million dollar home loans, which she states in court documents, she received on a $16,000 income.

See the FB page Cosby Boondoggle.

Ask yourself what will the lady do with our taxpayer money if she should win??

Meanwhile she pays no Cherokee taxes??
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