ATLANTA -- State Rep. Tyrone Brooks, D-Atlanta, was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury for allegedly ,misappropriating almost $1 million in charitable funds, the U.S. Attorney’s office said.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the grand jury had been investigating the Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials, which Brooks has served as president. The newspaper reported in February that several officials with the organization had been subpoeaned and been interviewed by the FBI.
Brooks told Channel 2 Action News he had no knowledge of any wrongdoing and said he was not aware of an investigation. Asked in February if the FBI has spoken to him about GABEO or the organization’s finances, Brooks said, “No. They haven’t been to me.”
Brooks said GABEO, founded in 1970, has more than 1,000 members.