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City attorney may face criminal investigation

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CHATTANOOGA (Times Free Press) - City Attorney Mike McMahan might have to return hundreds of thousands of dollars of city money, risk losing his job for 10 years and face prosecution for fraud after a state comptroller's report said he violated state law, records show.

"I am of the opinion that a reasonable jury would find it implausible that the city's own attorney, who was siphoning off hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to his own private firm, did so ignorantly and without knowledge of and intent to benefit his own finances and the business interests of his private law firm," Chadwick W. Jackson, staff attorney for the state Comptroller's Office, wrote in a letter to City Auditor Stan Sewell.

Mr. McMahan said he has done nothing wrong.

"I am angry," Mr. McMahan said Friday about the report. "I really am angry. This calls my integrity into question. My integrity has never been questioned."

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