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Responding to allegations of a high-level cover up of a scheme that siphoned $183,000 in taxpayer funds into employees’ pockets, Fulton County is invoking the principle that “the king can do no wrong.”

Fired Deputy County Manager Gwen Warren and demoted internal investigator Maria Colon both sued in December under the state whistleblower act.

Fulton argues that the act doesn’t apply because it still only covers abuse of state funds and programs. If Fulton’s argument prevails, it would limit the law’s protections and have devastating effects on pending cases, one of Warren’s and Colon’s attorneys said.

“They’re trying to basically gut the law,” James Radford, of Parks, Chesin & Walbert, said.

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