District attorney launches probe into Cobb County Schools, sources say

COBB COUNTY, Ga. — Cobb County District Attorney Flynn Broady Jr. is launching an investigation into the business dealings of the Cobb County School District.

A district attorney spokesperson told Channel 2 investigative producer Terah Boyd the office will not comment on an active investigation.

The probe comes after a Channel 2 Action News investigation into the school district’s bidding practices helped unearth a connection to a south Florida bid tampering scandal.

Sources with direct knowledge of the probe told Channel 2 Cobb County Bureau Chief Chris Jose that a group of whistleblowers met with Broady on Wednesday.

Prosecutors will interview the group individually next week, sources said.

Sources told Jose that Broady wants an outside agency, either the Georgia Bureau of Investigation or the Georgia Attorney General, to handle the case.

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The connection to south Florida involves Anthony “Tony” Hunter. He’s the former chief information officer for Broward County Public Schools.

A bill of indictment shows unlawful compensation and bid tampering charges.

Hunter is accused of bypassing the bidding process for school equipment and steering business to a friend.

Hunter’s friend is Kennesaw businessman David Allen.

Before Allen died from Covid-19 last month, he helped start up three companies the Cobb County School District has awarded millions to for services.

Hunter pleaded not guilty. His attorney said Hunter will be exonerated.

Broady is aware of the south Florida indictment, sources said.

Sources told Jose the group of whistleblowers meeting with the Cobb D.A. are former Allen employees and ex-Cobb County School District officials who handled tax dollars.

A school district spokesperson said, “We are unaware of any investigation.”