The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has begun a probe of spending practices in the Chatham County Coroner's Office. The GBI investigation comes after auditors for Chatham County questioned more than $200,000 in expenses filed by the Savannah area's longtime coroner, Dr. James C. Metts Jr., who resigned earlier this month, just weeks after winning re-election.
A Dawson County, Ga., prosecutor who was allegedly being investigated by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been found dead. The Times of Gainesville quotes the District 4 Florida Medical Examiner's Office in Jacksonville, Fla., as confirming the death of John G. Wilbanks Jr.
State officials say they're trying to catch up with a sex offender registry system that is seriously backlogged. Five analysts at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are currently working through 4,300 pending cases -- while also getting anywhere from 120 to 150 new cases a month.
The City of Bowdon in west Georgia is dealing with its second case of employee theft this summer. City police turned the investigation over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation when it came to light early last week. Between $20,000 and $30,000 is missing in the most-recent case. The earlier theft involved more than $150,000.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has started a probe into whether state Sen. Don Balfour committed any crimes when he illegally claimed official expense pay. GBI spokesman John Bankhead said the agency opened its investigation after receiving a request from Attorney General Sam Olens on Aug. 22.
Earlier this month, Governor Nathan Deal signed into law comprehensive sentencing reform legislation. It's projected to save the state tens of millions of dollars in correctional spending. But upfront costs to put the new law in place may result in a backlog of cases for the the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
A partnership between the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the National Alliance on Mental Illness is working to keep Georgia’s jails from turning into asylums. The project focuses on keeping 100 Savannah patients out of jail.
A Georgia Bureau of Investigation center is receiving a national award. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has named the Georgia Information Sharing and Analysis Center the Fusion Center of the Year for success in establishing partnerships with federal, state and local agencies.
Gov. Nathan Deal is asking the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to take over a state board that reviews cases on the sex offender registry amid concerns about a backlog of work. The sex offender registry review board has a 4,000-case backlog.