The former mayor of Stonecrest, Georgia, Jason Lary, was sentenced on July 13 to four years and nine months in prison for stealing thousands of dollars in federal money that was supposed to be used to help the city during the pandemic.
In July 2020, DeKalb County authorized a grant of $6.2 million to Stonecrest for public health expenses and support for small businesses. Authorities say Lary routed those relief funds through a private company he formed.
Lania Boone, the company’s bookkeeper, transferred about $108,000 to a mortgage servicing company, which both Lary and Boone knew was a tactic to pay off his mortgage. Lary also gave around $7,600 to Boone’s son for his college meal plan, tuition and rent.
In January 2022, Lary pleaded guilty in the United States District Court in Atlanta to wire fraud, stealing federal money and conspiracy. Prosecutors said he used the money to pay off the mortgage on his lakeside home and outstanding tax liabilities.
Boone pleaded guilty in February 2022 to conspiracy and is scheduled to be sentenced in August.
In addition to prison time, Lary has to pay close to $120K in restitution and serve three years of supervised release.