Ex-City Attorney Sentenced For Role In $15M Fraud, Donated To Trump Prosecutor

 June 9, 2024

Former Atlanta city attorney Shelitha Robertson was sentenced to seven years in prison for her involvement in a $15 million pandemic loan fraud scheme and controversially donated part of the proceeds to Fani Willis's successful DA campaign.

The New York Post reported that 62-year-old Shelitha Robertson faced the consequences of orchestrating a massive loan fraud scheme during the pandemic. Robertson, who had once run for a judicial position in Fulton County, was accused of fraudulent activities involving government Paycheck Protection Program loans meant to aid businesses during the COVID-19 crisis.

The Department of Justice revealed that Robertson had submitted numerous loan applications with inflated employee numbers and payroll details.

This deceit allowed her to receive millions in funds which she would not have been entitled to under honest circumstances. These funds were intended to support small businesses struggling due to the economic impacts of the pandemic.

Deceptive Practices Unearthed For Personal Gain

Robertson’s fraudulent gains were not used to sustain any business or employee payroll. Instead, the former city attorney spent extravagantly, purchasing luxury items including a 10-carat diamond ring and a high-end Rolls Royce, symbols of her newfound wealth acquired by deceptive means.

The case became murkier as investigations revealed that not only did Robertson indulge in personal luxuries with the fraudulent funds, but she also shared these illicit gains.

Significant amounts were transferred to her relatives and a disbarred attorney, Chandra Norton, who played a role in the fraudulent activities. This network of deceit highlighted the systematic abuse of emergency funds meant to aid genuine needs during a national crisis.

Beyond her personal and familial use of the stolen money, Robertson also ventured into political donations. Amid her fraudulent activities, she contributed $1,000 to Fani Willis during the May 2020 Democratic primary for Fulton County District Attorney. This donation, made from ill-gotten gains, added a layer of controversy, especially given Willis's latter legal actions against significant political figures.

Before her involvement in the fraud scheme, Robertson had aspired to serve as a Circuit Court judge in Fulton County. She campaigned for the position in 2010 and 2014 but was unsuccessful.

Her legal and political aspirations crumbled as her fraudulent actions came to light, dramatically ending her career and aspirations.

Dramatic scenes unfolded in the courtroom as Robertson, confronted with the reality of her actions, expressed desperation and remorse. "My business is gone. My (law) license is gone. My assets are gone. The only thing I have left is my family and my faith in God," Robertson lamented during her sentencing. This emotional declaration underscored the profound personal and professional losses she faced as a result of her criminal activities.

The judge's ruling provided a slight reprieve for Robertson, acknowledging her six months already served. However, the severity of her actions warranted a substantial prison term, reflecting the serious nature of defrauding pandemic relief efforts and the betrayal of public trust involved.

Implications for High-Profile Legal Battles

The controversy surrounding Robertson's donation gained additional significance as Willis, the recipient of the controversial campaign funds, took on high-profile cases including the prosecution of former President Donald Trump. Trump, charged with racketeering by Willis, has pleaded not guilty and denies all allegations involved.

This intersection of pandemic fraud and political legal battles cast a spotlight on the implications of financial contributions in political campaigns, especially those funded by fraudulent activities.

The ensuing scrutiny also led to a delayed trial for Trump, following a motion to review the decision to keep Willis on the case amid accusations of conflict of interest stemming from her alleged affair.

To conclude, Shelitha Robertson’s story from a city attorney to a convicted felon highlights the broader implications of financial fraud, political donations, and their entanglement within the high stakes of legal and political realms. Her case serves as a stark reminder of the consequences of abusing systems designed for public benefit and the potential fallout on various facets of society and governance.

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