Baker, in announcing the indictment, promised that his office would “continue to aggressively investigate and prosecute any criminal misuse of purchasing cards.” He continued by saying that, “while the actions of a few have cast a pall over the entire system of state purchasing, it is my hope that the aggressive efforts of law enforcement in rooting out this fraud will restore the public’s trust that their monies are being spent in ways that are both proper and accountable.” Baker’s office presented the case to the Fulton County Grand Jury on Friday, March 21, 2008,
The alleged thefts by Harris in her use of her P-card caused monies to be drawn from Georgia Tech foundation accounts, a Kauffman Foundation account, and National Science Foundation grants. All allegedly stolen grant monies have been repaid by Georgia Tech.
The investigation was conducted cooperatively by the Georgia Bureau of Investigations, the Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts, The National Science Foundation, and the Georgia Tech Department of Internal Auditing. Prosecution of the case will be handled by Assistant Attorney General Laura Pfister.