Waynesboro mayor pleads guilty to felony charges

Greg Carswell (city of Waynesboro photo)
Greg Carswell (city of Waynesboro photo)(WRDW)
Published: Apr. 13, 2022 at 9:31 AM EDT
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WAYNESBORO, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - On Tuesday, Waynesboro Mayor Greg Carswell pleaded guilty to several felony charges he was arrested for in 2020.

Carswell pleaded guilty to identity fraud, theft by taking, theft by deception and second-degree forgery, according to the Bulloch County Clerk’s Office of the Superior Court.

In response to Carswell’s plea, the city of Waynesboro provided a statement saying, “It has come to our attention that on April 12, 2022, Mayor Gregory Croswell has pleaded guilty to three or four felony charges against him in Bulloch County, the city of Waynesboro will follow the process as outlined in OCGA Subsection 45-5-6 due to the immediacy in which the information has been received by the city there is no further comment at this time.”

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp had suspended Carswell after he was indicted.

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After his arrest, Carswell, who has a background as a pastor, made a statement on his Facebook page declaring his innocence.

“The charges insinuate that the alleged victim(s) identity had been compromised and my identity had been as well,” Carswell said. “We plan to work with authorities to address these issues and make sure the persons responsible will be arrested and convicted.”

He then faced family tragedy on Jan. 6 of this year, when his brother Brian Carswell was found shot on Spread Oak Road near West Quaker Road about 7 miles northwest of Waynesboro. The coroner ruled the death a homicide.

Gregory Carswell, the mayor of Waynesboro, is facing several charges related to theft by...
Gregory Carswell, the mayor of Waynesboro, is facing several charges related to theft by deception and identity theft charges, according to law enforcement.(WRDW)

And at the May 17 council meeting, he announced that his son needed to have surgery.

As a result, he said he felt it was in the best interest of the city and his family for him to take a leave of absence.

“Of course, you know we have legal issues that are going on and we want to deal with those and we want the citizens to have the full confidence and trust and knowing the people they elected are going to do the best things for them,” he said.

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