Gov. Deal documents altered, former ethics employee says

 

ATLANTA — A former Georgia ethics commission computer specialist says he altered and removed dozens of documents in a case involving the governor.

 

John Hair tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and WSB-TV he removed and condensed documents from the file for the investigation into complaints accusing Gov. Nathan Deal of misusing campaign funds in the 2010 election.

 

The newspaper previously reported Hair said in sworn testimony he was fired after refusing a request from commission executive secretary Holly LaBerge to remove another document earlier this year.

 

Attorneys for Deal and LaBerge disputed Hair’s claims.

 

Hair says he doesn’t know the details of the documents because he didn’t examine them closely, but he believes they included financial information.

 

The commission imposed a $3,350 penalty on the governor, considerably less than the $70,000 originally recommended.

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