ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Ethics Office has filed a complaint against Atlanta City Councilmember Michael Bond after an 11Alive investigation.
A letter sent to Bond from Ethics Officer Nina Hickson contends he's been improperly using city funds.
When 11Alive's Catie Beck sat down with Bond three weeks ago, she asked him about a list of questionable expenses. He defended how he spent city tax dollars -- and even took it a step further.
"I run on accountability. I am responsible for my office," Bond said.
But the city ethics office saw the same red flags we did, opened an investigation and now those red flags have been listed in an ethics complaint.
Bond was sent this letterdetailing the complaint. It says the ethics office believes Bond "improperly used city funds" for the same expenditures pointed out in our report: "the purchase of custom made pins, CDs and food for your high school reunion, expenses related to your travel, lodging and per diem to Washington D.C. for your family reunion and for the payment of fees for personal tutoring."
All of those things Beck questioned Bond about -- she even went to DC and got footage of Bond attending his family reunion.
11Alive's Catie Beck: So coincidence that your family reunion was at the same time as you were touring
Bond: I would say it is a coincidence
The letter says Bond violated city code, citing the section saying no publicly owned property or service can be used for an official's private purpose. The letter concludes by saying there are other potential violations being investigated. One of those may be Bond's recent trip to Boston for a professional class reunion after Beck followed Bond on the trip. The report aired on Monday. It was a trip and expense like the others we've questioned that Bond vehemently defends as city business.
Bond has until Sept. 14 to respond to the ethics office letter.
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