A Camden County judge has left office after pleading guilty to three criminal charges. District Attorney Brian Rickman tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Probate Judge Shirley Wise pleaded guilty to three counts -- theft by taking, theft by deception and violation of her oath of office.
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.
Former Floyd County Chief Magistrate Judge Chris Mathis is free on bond after being arrested on charges that include theft and exploitation of an elderly person, stemming from his operation of a cattle business. Warrants say the 45-year-old Mathis is accused of taking money with a promise to purchase cattle, but instead converted the funds for his own use.