Mayor of Waynesboro suspended during criminal case | Georgia News

WAYNESBORO, Ga. (AP) — A small-town mayor facing criminal charges was suspended from office Friday by an executive order issued by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp.

The order suspends Waynesboro Mayor Gregory Carswell until his case is decided or until his term expires, whichever comes first. The executive order cites Carswell’s indictment for identity theft, larceny and forgery.

The order says Carswell has accepted the suspension.

Carswell announced two weeks ago that he was taking time off to deal with personal and legal issues, The Augusta Chronicle reported.

“It is with deep regret and mixed emotions that I come to see you today as I will take time off,” the newspaper reported. “In the best interests of the city and the citizens and my family, I have to take time off to make sure I’m there for them.

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The newspaper reported that Carswell, who took office in 2017, turned himself in last July after being contacted by the Statesboro Police Department and was released on $10,000 bond. He is accused of deducting $11,920 from Check Into Cash, where he worked, by fraudulently refinancing a title pledge account and creating a fictitious title pledge account.

Waynesboro has a population of approximately 5,700 people. The city is located about 48 kilometers south of Augusta.

According to his biography on the city’s website, Carswell is the first and youngest black man to serve as the city’s mayor.

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