City of Griffin out more than $800,000 in alleged fraud; FBI investigating

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The city of Griffin has lost $802,499.29 in two separate online transactions that officials say were fraudulent. Griffin Police Department Master Patrol Officer Chip Johns on Friday, June 28, responded to city offices located at 100 S. Hill St., where he met Chuck Olmstead, an official of the Finance Department. “He […]

Georgia Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck indicted on multiple charges

STAFF REPORT ::: Georgia Insurance Commissioner Jim C. Beck has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of wire fraud, mail fraud and money laundering.  The 38-count indictment alleges that Beck stole more than $2 million from his former employer, the Georgia Underwriting Association, during the five years just prior to Beck’s election […]

Armed robbery at First National Bank under investigation

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are conducting a joint investigation of a bank robbery that occurred Wednesday morning. According to information released by GPD Chief Mike Yates, officers responded to the First National Bank branch located at 1475 W. McIntosh Road at approximately 9:15 a.m. in […]

FBI executes search warrant in county

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Federal Bureau of Investigation, with the assistance of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, on Tuesday morning executed a search warrant at a North 9th Street residence. According to Sheriff Darrell Dix, little information is available at this time. “All I can tell you right now is it was us assisting […]