Audit shows former Macon-Bibb Industrial Authority Chairman violated ethics code
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – An annual audit shows that former Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority (MBCIA) Chairman, Cliffard Whitby violated their code of ethics.
The audit for fiscal year 2017 shows Whitby paid Armstead Management, LLC $76.850 twice for the same job. Each payment to Armstead Management was two weeks apart from two different funds.
The audit also shows Whitby’s brother-in-law is an officer of Armstead Management.
Whitby also did business with New Age Concepts and Consulting. His daughter is an officer of that company.
During 2017, MBCIA paid the companies around $1.5 million each. This analysis shows Whitby did not comply with the Industrial Authority’s Ethics code.
In the audit, MBCIA states current management agrees with the findings and will review how rules are followed.
Whitby resigned from his position as chairman of the industrial authority in August after a federal grand jury indicted him for bribery and money laundering. The indictment states Whitby paid former Bibb School Superintendent, Romain Dallemand, around $400,000 over the course of six years. Whitby is out of jail on bond.