Turner testifies he kept records of "under the radar" fund transfers

By: Laurie Ott
By: Laurie Ott

Trial resumes in the morning, with the cross examination of prosecution witness, Johnny Turner. Turner is the former CCSC employee who pled guilty to structuring payments to campaign contributors to help funnel money into Linda Schrenko's failing gubernatorial campaign in 2002.

According to his testimony Thursday, Turner kept a full accounting of what his employer Stephan Botes told him to do with more than half a million dollars in Georgia DOE money that was coming in to CCSC. Some of the notes were handwritten, others were on a computer spreadsheet.

Turner said Botes asked for his help funneling $60,000 to Schrenko's campaign "under the radar." Turner said the total sent to Schrenko's campaign from the GA DOE money was $272,000, and that Botes' companies' take was $341,000.

Defense attorneys have said in opening arguments Turner was responsible for the theft "from Botes' companies" and that Turner is the one who should be held responsible.

Their chance at the prosecution witness comes first thing Friday.


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