No charges against Few in homestead exemption

District Attorney Danny Craig says he will not prosecute former Augusta fire chief and mayoral candidate Ronnie Few on charges related to a homestead exemption he filed in Columbia County.

Craig said in a news release that "an indictment for false statements, false swearing, or a false claim of homestead exemption would be unsupported by sufficient evidence to prove criminal intent."

He said that Few did not benefit financially from the mistake.

Craig will not submit an indictment to the grand jury and is closing his file on the case.

Few filed for homestead exemption on property he owned in Columbia County. Homestead exemption can only be filed on property which is the owner's primary residence.

The exemption came to light during Few's campaign for Augusta mayor. Opponents cited it as evidence that Few was ineligible to run.

The election board determined that Few had made an error when he filed for the exemption, allowing him to remain in the race.

It was unclear immediately after the election whether Columbia County would pursue the matter.