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07 April 2014

Former Georgia Democratic Party Chair Under Investigation by Gwinnett County District Attorney

Mike Berlon, the former Georgia Democratic Party chairman who resigned after nearly bankrupting the organization, faces a criminal probe from Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter.

The Daily Report revealed last week that Berlon "admitted he took nearly $1 million from former clients."


Gwinnett District Attorney Danny Porter said . . . that his office is investigating Michael Berlon, though Porter would not disclose what specific criminal accusations are involved.

"There is a pending investigation based on a referral from the State Bar that we received about two months ago," Porter said.

The bar's general counsel, Paula Frederick, confirmed that the bar contacted the DA's office after receiving a complaint of alleged attorney misconduct. The substance of the complaint is confidential because it is under review by the bar's disciplinary board, she said.

"The investigative panel of disciplinary board has asked us to report illegal conduct to proper law enforcement authorities when we come across it," Frederick said.

Joyner (4 April 2014). $1M Judgment And Criminal Probe Dog Gwinnett Lawyer. Daily Report. Retrieved on 7 April 2014.


Berlon's legal troubles became public when Georgia Unfiltered reported Berlon had his law license suspended and received a reprimand from the state Supreme Court last May. Berlon initially vowed to remain in office, despite calls for his resignation from prominent Democrats. Ultimately, though, Berlon quit before the state Democratic committee could start removal proceedings against him.