• Jasmine Chandler

Thomasville mayor indicted on six counts

Thomasville Mayor Greg Hobbs has been "indicted on six counts related to alleged forgery on payroll documents," according to WCTV.

According to the indictment, on June 7, 2018, Hobbs falsely reported the crime of forgery to Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent Matt Marchant. Hobbs willfully and intentionally violated the terms of his oath of office when he reported the forgery of his signature on a payroll document, according to the indictment.

One of the charges resulted when Hobbs told the GBI agent that a document was not signed by him. A stamped similarity of his signature was placed on the document after he had signed it. The signed signature that was left on it had not been placed without his authorization and consent.

The grand jury members found that Hobbs' statement in Jan. 23, 2019 to the GBI was a violation of his oath by public officer. He was then indicted on three counts of violation of oath, a crime that is a felony with a potential punishment of one to five years in prison.

Hobbs ran unopposed for his Thomasville City Council seat in 2017. He had taken the oath for his second term as mayor on January 8, 2018.