Deal wants limits on forfeiture spending |


Deal wants limits on forfeiture spending |

Gov. Nathan Deal is exploring ways to tighten controls on money seized from criminal suspects after The Atlanta Journal-Constitution found that Fulton County’s district attorney spent tens of thousands of dollars on things have little to do with fighting crime.

Paul Howard used state forfeiture funds to buy tickets to charity balls and sporting events, office bashes, basketball shoe display cases and a wrought iron security door for his home, among other expenditures. All the while, Howard threatened to lay off staff if the county cut his budget.

Most people would prefer officials spend the money on enforcing the law, the governor said Monday.

“I feel certain that in light of some of the investigative information that was produced that this issue will be revisited,” Deal said.

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