GBI raids Clayton County offices

by: Mark Winne Updated:

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JONESBORO, Ga. - Channel 2 Action News was there as agents raided two Clayton County offices Thursday, seizing evidence related to the investigation of Clayton County Police Chief Greg Porter.

Channel 2 investigative reporter Mark Winne obtained search warrants that mention "documents pertaining to Eagle Eye Consulting, LLC and Busy Body Consulting, LLC."

Channel 2 researchers found records that link Porter to Eagle Eye and Robert Porter to a company with a name similar to Busy Body Consulting.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Carter Brank told Winne the GBI "assisted by the Clayton County DA's office was executing search warrants at the Clayton County Finance Office and county archives to collect records for the investigation of Clayton County Police Chief Greg Porter."

Porter told Winne weeks ago, "I welcome any inquiry by the GBI."

Brank confirmed investigators were collecting financial records pertaining to the county DUI court in connection with which Porter worked a moonlighting job funded by grant money.

Channel 2 Action News reported on a letter from District Attorney Tracy Graham Lawson to GBI Director Vernon Keenan referring to allegations of theft of approximately $36,000 of grant money by Porter and his brother, Robert Porter, a Clayton County deputy.

"We've never stole anything from Clayton County or anybody else. We wasn't raised like that," Greg Porter told Winne in previous interview.

Porter's attorney, Manny Arora, said he's glad authorities are gathering records in Porter's case and once they review them, it should put an end to the investigation.

Pandora Palmer, lawyer for Robert Porter, said she concurs and that she believes the records will show he's done nothing wrong.

A copy of the finance department search warrant obtained after an open-records request indicates items to be searched for included time sheets, reimbursement for travel and training, checks, invoices and supporting documents.