ATLANTA (WAOK)-Georgia State Rep. Tyrone Brooks Sr., appeared before U.S. Magistrate Alan Braverman and pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to fraud and tax evasion charges. Brooks was accompanied by his attorney, former Gov. Roy Barnes.
Judge Braverman allowed the longtime lawmaker to remain free until trial on an unsecured $25,000 bond.
Former Governor Barnes is representing Rep. Brooks for free.
Brooks is facing charges for allegedly diverting up to a million dollars of charitable donations from corporations like Coca Cola and Georgia Power for his own personal expenses. Brooks also faces charges of tax evasion.
Brooks is expected to respond to the federal charges Thursday afternoon at a press conference at Barnes’ law firm.
Representative Brooks says the charges against him stem from his ongoing call for an indictment into the lynchings of two African American couples on the Moore’s Ford Bridge in Monroe County. Brooks is the longtime president of the Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials.