GBI investigates Telfair Co. sheriff's office

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

November 7, 2008

MCCRAE, Ga. (AP) -- Authorities are investigating allegations of
financial impropriety in the Telfair County Sheriff's Office.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says search warrants were
served at the home of Sheriff Jim Williamson, his office and the
county jail on Thursday.

Greg Harvey, in charge of the GBI office in Eastman, said the
investigation began May 20 and revealed documents and other
evidence that public funds were improperly converted and spent.

Harvey said in a news release that the funds "appear to have
been taken" from traffic citation bonds and the sheriff's
operating budget.

Williamson, who leaves office next month after two terms, could
not be reached immediately Friday to comment.

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