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Assistant county attorney on leave following corruption investigation

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An assistant Shelby County government attorney is off the job after an internal investigation found she lied to receive a discount on her car tags.

The discovery is part of an ongoing investigation into alleged corruption at the Shelby County Clerk's office.
    
"This particular incident came to our attention three to four weeks ago," said Shelby Co. Deputy Attorney Danny Presley, who's in charge of an administrative investigation.

He says Kathy Kirk Johnson, an assistant county attorney, wrongly contended she lived outside city limits, which helped her receive kickbacks on car tags for herself and her husband.

"There are a number of issues," said Presley. "The registrations were renewed without going through inspections and without paying the proper city fee."
     
And Kirk Johnson's influence as the daughter of retired clerk's office CAO Katherine Kirk may have played a role, Presley said. "It has been suggested in some of the sworn testimony that that was a factor."
     
The report includes nearly 20 pages of sworn testimony.
    
Referring to political and other favors, one office employee testified, "I felt my job depended on it."
 
A number of employees have already been suspended. All those involved could eventually face criminal charges.

Presley says Kirk Johnson, who is on administrative leave, has denied any wrongdoing.

Shelby County Mayor A.C. Wharton will decide if she should be fired. 
     
    

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