You might wonder why a government watchdog organization is publishing a newletter about the former president of Georgia Perimeter College, Dr. Anthony Tricoli.
After doing a stellar job as president, and winning both state and national awards for his numerous accomplishments, it is alleged in a well-documented lawsuit that the University System of Georgia resorted to fraud to destroy the career and reputation of Dr. Tricoli.
The Attorney General of Georgia Sam Olens and the trial court have taken extraordinary measures to protect the state officials who retaliated against Dr. Tricoli for cutting pet projects out of the budget and exposing waste and misappropriation of state funds. (Go to www.GeorgiaWatchdogs.com and enter “sovereign immunity” in the search box to view a previous newsletter about how sovereign immunity laws in Georgia have been used as a defense by the State of Georgia in many other lawsuits to allow public officials accused of criminal acts to be shielded from accountability. It substantiates why the Center for Public Integrity ranked Georgia dead last in ethics and transparency out of all 50 states.)
The supporting documentation for this lawsuit should sound alarm bells for every taxpayer in Georgia. The lawsuit alleges that 300 jobs were lost, almost 10,000 fewer students per semester are gaining access to higher education, and somewhere between $9.5 million and $18.5 million remains missing and unaccounted for to this day, according to Georgia Perimeter College’s own self-audit.
The long-term overall negative economic impact is far worse than that. The Attorney General is alleged to be perversely distorting the law to protect the wrongdoers who destroyed Dr. Tricoli’s career and put an end to his positive reforms at Georgia Perimeter College.
After the Attorney General was sanctioned by the judge in the Ethics Commission whistleblower lawsuit for withholding evidence, the taxpayers were forced to pay the fine for his violation of the law. When the Ethics Commission lawsuits were settled, it cost taxpayers over $3 million.
Now, once again, taxpayers are being forced to face the probability of paying millions of dollars as a result of the alleged wrongdoing of state officials who retaliated against Dr. Tricoli. Taxpayers are also suffering from the negative impact that all of this has had on a once vibrant and successful public educational institution, Georgia Perimeter College.
Although he promised to investigate the $9.5 million to $18.5 million that remains unaccounted for at GPC, Georgia’s Attorney General Sam Olens has instead focused his efforts on defending those who now claim sovereign immunity for their efforts to destroy Dr. Tricoli’s career. This is EXACTLY the same tactic that Attorney General Olens used in the open records lawsuit I filed to enforce Georgia’s Open Records Act. (Go to www.GeorgiaWatchdogs.com and enter “Sam Olens” in the search box to view a previous newsletter and link to an embarrassing videotape of Georgia’s Attorney General lying about his actions in that case.)
Georgia taxpayers deserve better than this. Not only are our open records laws and sovereign immunity laws being perverted, but innocent people are being destroyed and taxpayers are being forced to pay for it.
Georgia’s Attorney General owes taxpayers an explanation for his actions.