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Local attorney continues to question the Muscogee County school board

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COLUMBUS, Ga. -

Local attorney Frank Myers made new allegations Wednesday, regarding the school district's spending on legal fees.

Myers, is one of the subjects of a GBI inquiry into alleged threats directed at school board members for refusing to consider changing law firms.

In his most recent news release Myers provided a breakdown of what he says three school districts comparable to Muscogee County pay in legal fees per year as well as how many hours of legal assistance that buys. Myers said his research shows Muscogee County pays a similar hourly rate as the other districts, but over a five year period, paid on average, for 4,000 hours of legal services. One district paid for only 400.

"It's as if the school board has given Hatcher, Stubbs access to a humongous ATM with a tax payers debit card and pin number, that's pretty much what is going on," said Myers.

Myers called the amount of hours Muscogee County utilizes the firm, Hatcher, Stubbs, appalling and shocking.

"The problem as I see it as a lack of oversight. Hatcher, Stubbs submits a bill, a purchase order is generated and the bill is paid, no questions asked, and that has been the routine for years," added Myers.

Muscogee County's interim superintendent Dr. John Phillips refused News 3's request for an interview about Myers latest allegations. Instead he referred us to a previous interview, recorded more than a week before these allegations.

"You really have to drill down into all of this information. its not just a simple thing of trying to compare this school district spends a million dollars, this school district spends 2 million dollars etc," said Phillips.

In the week old interview Phillips also did not specifically address the billable hours issue raised by Myers.

As for the GBI inquiry, Myers said he still hasn't not been contacted by an investigator.

Myers did add that he has plans to address the school board again at their next meeting in April.

 

Liz Buckthorpe

Liz joins the WRBL news team from all the way from New England. More>>

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