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  • Writer's pictureDonald V. Watkins

Stunning New Developments in Southern Company “Hush Money” Scandal!

Updated: Aug 17, 2023

By: Donald V. Watkins

Copyrighted and Published on April 28, 2023

Kimberly A. Tanaka, an innocent victim in a Southern Company "hush money" scheme.


Tomorrow, we will bring you stunning new developments in the Southern Company’s “hush money” scandal. This scandal involves secret "hush money" payments to Atlanta fitness trainer Kimberly A. Tanaka. Ms. Tanaka was an innocent victim in an scheme by the Southern Company to coverup a failed extortion attempt in 2017 that was designed to force the resignation of Thomas A. Fanning as CEO of the company.

Additionally, new evidence surfaced late this Friday afternoon suggesting that at least one board member may have been briefed on the “hush money” payments in real-time. However, this board member reportedly did not disclose the payments to the full Southern Company board of directors, even though these payments were directly tied to extensive covert surveillance activities that were conducted as part of the failed extortion attempt.

CEO Thomas Fanning and James Y. Kerr, II, the former executive vice president, general counsel, chief compliance officer, and chief of staff to Fanning, have concocted a plan to shift the legal blame for the unlawful “hush money” scheme to Lead Independent board member David J. Grain.

Grain and Kerr are listed as culpable parties in a criminal complaint filed with Fulton County, Georgia District Attorney Fani T. Willis on April 13, 2023.

Tomorrow, we will brief you on all of these new developments. Stay tuned!


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