DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- New indictments against suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis were released late Thursday afternoon.
The new, 14-count indictment included four counts of charges of criminal attempt to commit theft by extortion, two counts of theft by taking, two counts of coercion of other employee to give anything of value for political purposes, one count of theft by extortion, one count of conspiracy in restraint of free and open competition, one count of bribery and four counts of perjury.
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Earlier in the day, Ellis maintained his innocence by way of a YouTube video the embattled official released.
He says, "it's now time to speak directly to constituents" and the charges against him are "politically motivated".
He stresses in the video, "I have never stolen nor profited from my public service".
He claims investigators went through his home, trash and even bugged "most personal" phone calls with his lawyer and pastor.
Ellis thanks residents for their prayers and support and says he will be vindicated and return to his work as CEO.
Ellis was initially indicted on 15 counts by a grand jury in June 2013. His charges include four counts of attempt to commit theft by extortion; one count of conspiracy in restraint of free and open competition; two counts of criminal attempt to commit false statements and writings; three counts of theft by taking ; one count of conspiracy to defraud a political subdivision; three counts of coercion of other employee to give anything of value for political purposes and one count of conspiracy in restraint of free and open competition.
After the indictment, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal suspended Ellis from office. During his suspension, Ellis will continue to receive his annual salary of $150,000.
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