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Mayor of Waynesboro found guilty of theft from a loan company | Georgia News

WAYNESBORO, Ga. (AP) — The mayor of an eastern Georgia town has pleaded guilty to charges of theft and forgery, prompting his immediate removal from office.

Waynesboro Mayor Greg Carswell pleaded guilty Tuesday in Statesboro to larceny, larceny and second-degree forgery, local media reports.

A Bulloch County Superior Court judge sentenced Carswell to 10 years probation and ordered him to make restitution to his victims.

The charges relate to Carswell’s work at a Statesboro loan company. A woman told police in July 2020 that Carswell forged documents and stole nearly $12,000 from her. Police also investigated reports from other victims.

Statesboro Police Sgt. Patrick Harrelson earlier said Carswell was fired from the company.

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Governor Brian Kemp suspended Carswell from office in 2021 after agreeing to step down. Vice Mayor James “Chick” Jones leads the city.

Prosecutors dropped an identity theft charge against Carswell.

The mayor’s brother, Brian Carswell, was shot and killed in January 2021.

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