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Former Richmond employee indicted in Georgia for corruption

RICHMOND, Va (WTVR) — The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia indicted a woman for corruption days before she resigned from her job with the City of Richmond’s Department of Public Utilities.

According to the attorney’s office, Raytosha Elliott worked as an engineering operations manager for the Georgia Department of Defense between 2007 and 2012.

In that position, the U.S. Attorney’s office alleges Elliott received thousands of dollars in kickbacks in exchange for steering contracts to companies run by her friends who never did the work.

Elliott was indicted on January 16th.

CBS6’s Melissa Hipolit learned Elliott began working for Richmond’s DPU on November 18th, 2013 as an operations manager.

It does not appear that prior to the indictment, Elliott had a criminal history that would have been picked up by a background check, however, CBS6 found that a simple Google search reveals some serious red flags about her employment history in Georgia.

For example, Georgia’s Department of Administrative Services banned Elliott from practicing business in the state for 18 months.

Elliott’s debarment happened in June of last year, five months before she was hired in Richmond.

Why was she banned?

In its decision, the state indicates Elliott used favoritism when granting bids to certain companies to promote her own business interests.

When CBS6’s Melissa Hipolit went to ask the Department of Public Utilities if they fully vetted Elliott during the hiring process, she was told that was a question for the Department of Human Resources.

Tammy Hawley, a spokeswoman from the Mayor’s office, told Melissa that as of June, the City of Richmond conducts background checks on all new hires.

When Melissa asked her if any red flags came up while hiring Elliott, Hawley said she had never heard of the woman before Melissa started asking questions.

Hawley said she would have to ask the Department of Human Resources to find out what happened.

6 comments

  • Glen Allen

    Was she recommended by Byron Marshall? Mr. Marshall has a record of hanging with people that like to better themselves, but not necessarily the legal way.

  • Jonesed

    “I Know NOTHING!”
    Where have we heard this tag before as Governance Policy by
    those charged with being In-Charge? All the scandals indicate
    they truly Don’t Have A Clue.

  • icculus

    Standard operating procedure in the city of Richmond. Home of the “Marshall picnic interview process”.

    I applied for that job as did 1 other I know to be way more qualified than” Atlanta” and already working for the department.

    My sources say she got the job with a phone interview.

  • Iliana

    Wow – are you beings still that ignorant? – never mind, I already know the answer to that question. Whatever happened to presumed innocent until PROVEN guilty.

    Sounds like you beings are bitter because you all WERE NOT at all qualified for the position and your opinions did not matter since they are just like A** holes ——– everybody has one.

    Your sources were gossiping about half of the truth. That young lady did have a phone interview but she also was interviewed in person.

    So you see already half truths are nothing but whole lies.

    • icculus

      Did she mention her disbarrment for corruption and being a criminal during her inteveiw? You seem to be blind to “that young lady(‘s)” criminal enterprise!

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