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Buie still on job as ADICA's top man

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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany downtown manager Don Buie remains on the job as the GBI investigates the handling of a $2,000 check. It's a story WALB first broke Tuesday night. 

Buie is also the CEO of the Albany Dougherty Inner City Authority. Nicole Brown says she worked for Buie as a contract employee putting on events like First Fridays.  According to Buie, she received at least five checks from Buie totaling about $3500.

One of those checks, written for $2,000 is in question. In a sworn affidavit, Brown said Buie gave her the check and told her to keep only $400. She said she witnessed him sending the remaining $1600 to his estranged wife for child support.

ADICA attorney Jay Reynolds asked the GBI to look into the matter. Assistant City Manager Wes Smith said, "No charges have been filed and, in fact, there's no report. There's a lot of inconsistencies frankly, but that's why you bring in, particularly in a situation like this, an outside independent party."

Nicole Brown later recanted her original affidavit, saying the information in it wasn't correct and that attorney Phil Cannon manipulated her story. 

Wednesday afternoon, Phil Cannon acknowledged he's the one who initiated the investigation into Buie. He says he did it based on statements made by Nicole Brown, who says she and Buie had been romantically involved.

Cannon said this afternoon that his office prepared an affidavit and Brown signed it. But Brown now disputes what's in that affidavit and says she's filed a bar complaint against Cannon. Cannon says he did what he felt was morally and ethically required of him.

He said, "Without question I was taking this to the investigators. It was the right, honest thing to do. I am going to stand by the truth, I haven't done anything wrong."

Cannon's secretary, who prepared Nicole Brown's affidavit, said Brown signed that statement after corrections were made and she spent at least thirty minutes in the office, with plenty of time to review the final draft.

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