DeKalb Worker Accused Of Forging County Checks

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga.,None — Channel 2 Action News has learned the embattled DeKalb County Housing Authority is dealing with yet another scandal.

Former employee Latoya Logan is accused of forging more than $45,000 in housing authority checks and cashing them herself.

Logan appeared before a Rockdale County magistrate judge on Friday morning hoping to get her $90,000 bond reduced.

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Rockdale County deputies said Logan wrote 28 separate housing authority checks to herself and cashed them in Conyers.

Logan was an accountant at the housing authority, but a string of problems inside the agency reach the highest level.

Later this month, the DeKalb County Board of Ethics will consider conflict-of-interest charges against housing authority board members Dorothy Williams and George Maddox.

The board is investigating whether the two acted improperly when they accepted a total of $5,000 in political or charitable contributions from a developer doing business with the authority.

Channel 2's Richard Belcher also broke a story involving the former top aide to the agency's executive director.

The housing authority's auditor concluded Michelle Presswood defrauded the agency of more than $20,000. Presswood resigned late last year.

Unlike forgery charges against Logan, Belcher said it appeared the housing authority made no effort to criminally prosecute Presswood.

In an e-mail sent late Friday interim Executive Director Matthew McClammey told Belcher that Logan left the authority in late May, but McClammey would not disclose if she was fired. McClammey said the authority is cooperating with investigators, and he told Belcher no federal money is involved.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development says it is aware of the situation and looking into it.