FBI investigates controversy involving interim DeKalb County CEO


The FBI is investigating a scandal involving interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May. Meanwhile, May is calling for a separate inquiry, alleging that he is the victim of check fraud and forgery.

It all started with a business transaction in 2010. That's when then-county commissioner Lee May hired a contractor to make repairs inside his home after a sewage backup. The county ended up covering the cost of those repairs, which totaled $6,400. Then the company wrote a check to Lee May for $4,000. Not long after, they were awarded a lucrative government contract for work totaling more than $300,000. The series of events raised questions among critics, but May insists this was not a case of kickbacks or cronyism.

And that check made out to him? He said he never even saw it.

In a statement to CBS46, May said “I did not receive this check. I did not cash this check. I did not receive any funds from this check. The endorsement signature on the back of this check is not mine."

Press Secretary Burke Brennan explains “The CEO believes he's been a victim of a crime and someone has used his name for profit and as soon as he found out about it, he forwarded that information to the FBI and the district attorney's office.”

A spokesman for the DA confirmed in a statement to CBS46 that the office is aware of the situation and is reviewing the documentary May provided to them.

When May was first appointed interim CEO, he vowed to advocate for transparency and weed out any corruption in county government. That announcement came after his predecessor, Burrell Ellis, was removed from office. Ellis still faces 14 felony charges for corruption.

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