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How to find legitimate mystery shopper jobs

4:09 PM, Feb 20, 2014

The Better Business Bureau ranks mystery shopping scams among its top 10 scams of the year nearly every year since 2008.   The Federal Trade Commission has put out a warning to consumers as well.

Waste Watchers: Smyrna might lose millions on redevelopment gamble

6:37 PM, Oct 8, 2013

City of Smyrna quietly tables $13-million developer offer for former crime-ridden apartment complex land that could have meant a $5-million loss

Waste Watchers: Does Senoia law REQUIRE people to have pot?

6:53 PM, Oct 7, 2013

Senoia resident takes strangely worded marijuana ordinance all the way to the state supreme court.

Investigation into Johns Creek Mayor getting costly

6:29 PM, Sep 26, 2013

An investigation into the Mayor of Johns Creek is in its fourth month, and has, so far, cost taxpayers at least $36,000.

Ending Ga. 400 tolls will cost $4.5 million

5:46 PM, Sep 16, 2013

The $4.5 million dollar cost to rid Georgia 400 of its tolls will include money for demolition, inspections, and cameras so metro Atlanta can watch the project online.

Embattled Cherokee school board member wants taxpayer funded lawyer

5:13 PM, Aug 9, 2013

An embattled Cherokee County School Board member is asking that taxpayer dollars foot the bill for a lawyer to represent her at an ethics hearing

Audit reveals no accounting for $200 million in East Point

10:41 PM, Jul 2, 2013

East Point Mayor Earnestine Pittman believes there has been criminal activity by those who work for the city as an audit reveals no accounting for $200 million the city spent over twelve years.

Waste Watchers: Bats, plants, and mussels stall project and cost taxpayers

5:18 PM, Jun 13, 2013

An endangered bat, rare plants, and a pocketbook mussel have stalled a Villa Rica road project, and taxpayers will pay thousands to clear the way.

$10 million for new toll road PR?

5:50 AM, Jun 11, 2013

The State Road and Tollway Authority signed a contract for what could be $10 million worth of public relations over the next five years.

Fulton County DA defends how he spends confiscated drug monies

5:50 PM, Jun 7, 2013

Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard is defending the way he's been spending money confiscated from criminals.

Audit reveals IRS spent millions on Atlanta conferences

5:17 PM, Jun 5, 2013

The scandal swirling around the Internal Revenue Service has taken another twist as an audit reveals lavish spending on conferences, including millions spent in Atlanta.

Austell Mayor admits $2.5M project falls short

5:38 PM, May 14, 2013

The Mayor of Austell says the spending of 2.5 million in taxpayer dollars hasn't had the desired effect on downtown.

Waste Watchers: Taxpayers burning over $750,000 worth of lights

5:56 PM, May 13, 2013

Some taxpayers in Smyrna are calling the addition of $754,094 worth of lights to Atlanta Road "excessive," while city leaders counter it's all in the name of pedestrian safety.

Norcross council members defend 50% pay increase for elected officials

5:50 PM, May 9, 2013

Norcross city council members are defending a vote to give part-time elected officials a 50 percent pay increase

The effort to get more detail behind a $16 million budget shortfall

6:02 PM, Apr 19, 2013

Seven months after an audit that blamed Georgia Perimeter College's $16 million budget shortfall on financial mismanagement, a former student's effort to get more answers have been stymied.

Waste Watchers: Tax dollars to charity

6:01 PM, Apr 17, 2013

Close to a million dollars from Cobb County taxpayers will go to area non-profits this year, and a local watchdog group is outraged.

Two top GA ag officials out over wild party

8:41 PM, Apr 11, 2013

Georgia Agriculture Food Safety Commissioner Oscar Garrison and Chief Operating Officer Billy Skaggs resign when confronted with evidence of a "college fraternity" style party that included skinny dipping at an official training course.

Postal Service loses out on millions

10:18 PM, Mar 25, 2013

The Washington Guardian is reporting that the Postal Service missed out on millions of dollars worth of government business last year.

Former Gwinnett County comissioner's expenses investigated

6:04 PM, Mar 20, 2013

The District Attorney is investigating the expense reports of former Gwinnett County Commissioner Mike Beaudreau.

Can you tell the difference between a real and fake White House invite?

11:52 PM, Mar 12, 2013

Can you tell the difference between White House invitations crafted by a quarter-million dollar calligraphy staff and the fake one made using a station computer and printer for pocket change?