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Dekalb County Burrell Ellis' Home Searched by Authorities for Evidence of Bid Rigging, Kickbacks

The home of DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis was searched Monday by local authorities after a request was made by District Attorney Robert James.

The search was part of a corruption investigation that first focused on DeKalb County's Department of Watershed Management and the search was conducted in an effort to find seeking information about campaign contributions Ellis received from vendors.

There were seven search warrants issued seeking contracts, travel expenses and campaign contributions for Ellis, who was testifying in front of a special grand jury during the searches. The seven warrants seek specific James convened the body last January to look at allegations of claims of bid rigging and kickbacks in county contracts.

Authorities were sent to search Ellis' home and office Monday morning at a time when he knew the CEO would not be there.

"I don't know that I am a target," Ellis told The AJC in an exclusive interview Monday afternoon. "I can't imagine what they're looking for. We have not done anything remotely wrong."

James declined to comment Monday.

The searches were the latest incident raising questions about public corruption in DeKalb, though the first for county government leaders.

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