Gov. Deal’s staff misled the public regarding the extent of their involvement in the sale of Gainesville Salvage.
After Nathan Deal became governor, he and his attorney, Randy Evans, assured the public that
the governor’s private business, including Gainesville Salvage, would be handled though a blind
trust.On 1/6/2011, Gov. Deal attorney Randy Evans told the Associated Press:
“Jimmy Allen, a Tifton-based accountant and Deal political supporter, will serve as trustee
of the governor’s assets and act as his surrogate on business matters. Deal is
transferring his share of Gainesville Salvage Disposal into the trust
as well as his holding in several
limited liability companies,” Evans said.
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On 7/4/2013, Gov. Deal attorney Randy Evans told the
that the sale
of Gainesville Salvage was managed outside the governor’s ofce by the blind trust:Although the property was managed in a blind trust, Deal still signed off on the nal sale, his
“There was no reason, if you’re fully vested in being the governor, to have another business out there,” Evans said. “Once he was elected he recognized that was a full-time job and
he didn’t want any suggestion of a crossover between the two
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On 7/18/2013, the
reported that Gov. Deal denied knowledge that Copart owed the state $74 million in back taxes because “the property was run in a blind trust”:Deal said Tuesday he had no intention of getting involved in the ongoing legal battle between the company, Copart, and Department of Revenue ofcials who say the rm failed to pay sales tax on parts sales.
He said he had no knowledge of Copart’s tax woes because the property was run in a blind trust
, which means the assets are controlled by a third party.
They will get no preferential treatment
. The Department of Revenue has jurisdiction over this and will deal with that case just like they do other cases,” he said. “
ofce has no involvement with this. None at all.
See EXHIBIT 3