An evangelist is facing federal corruption charges for his role in the kickback scheme involving former DeKalb County Commissioner Elaine Boyer, according to an report.

Rooks Boynton allegedly accepted $85,000 in county funds for false “consulting” services in 2009 through 2011, then kicked back a large portion of the money to Elaine Boyer and her husband John.

John Boyer pleaded guilty this year to arranging the kickback scheme and is awaiting sentencing, according to an FBI press release. Elaine Boyer pleaded guilty last year to corruption charges involving personal spending with a county-issued Visa card. She resigned and is currently in federal prison in Florida.

Boynton, 73, was recently indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of federal program theft and conspiracy, according to

Elaine Boyer’s scheme was just one of several corruption scandals plaguing DeKalb County. Investigators hired by CEO Lee May to dig into the county’s problems recently declared the government to be “rotten to the core,” sparking criticism from May and a dispute about when that final report will be released.

John Ruch

John Ruch is an Atlanta-based journalist. Previously, he was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.