By: WCTV Eyewitness News
February 7, 2019
THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WCTV) -- Thomasville Mayor Greg Hobbs has been indicted on six counts related to alleged forgery on payroll documents.
The indictment was returned by a grand jury in Thomas County Superior Court Thursday morning.
Mayor Hobbs is facing three counts of violation of oath by a public officer, two counts of reporting a false crime and one count of making a false statement.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is handling the case.
The GBI issued the following news release regarding the indictment:
"The GBI was requested to initiate an investigation by the Thomas County District Attorney's Office into financial documents that allegedly had the signature of Thomasville Mayor Greg Hobbs forged on them. The request was received on June 4, 2018. Hobbs had previously met with Officials at the District Attorney's Office and made the allegations which prompted the investigation request by the District Attorney's Office."
The GBI investigation began and interviews were done with those identified as being possibly being involved. Original documents obtained during the investigation were sent to the FBI Crime Lab, questioned documents section for comparison and analysis. Once those results were received, the completed investigation was provided to DA Brad Shealy for his review and any action he deemed appropriate, The decision was made to present the case to the Thomas County Grand Jury on Monday, February 4, 2019. The Grand Jury subsequently "True Billed" an indictment charging Hobbs with one count of False Report of a Crime (12-10-26), two counts Making a False Statement (16-10-20) and three counts Violation of Oath by Public Officer (16-10-1). This is an active investigation."