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DA: No ‘˜intent to embezzle’ found so far in Milner probe

Towaliga Circuit district attorney Jonathan Adams was briefed on the status of the investigation into the Milner city council Aug. 26 during a meeting with the investigators from the sheriff’s office and GBI who are conducting it. The Milner ‘˜ruckus’ began a year ago this month with a battle over a zoning matter and has not calmed since. The core issue is alleged co-mingling of city, SPLOST and library funds. Since that time, mayor Joe Bostwick and council members Tracey Alford, Betty Wilson and Fred Stephens have all stepped down. ’It was a good meeting. We did not discuss anything related to the forensic audit due to it not being complete. I plan to call the city attorney to see if he has some information regarding certain issues we did discuss. The evidence we did review did not disclose any intent to embezzle funds or receive any personal gain. However, there are some irregularities that need to be addressed or confirmed,’ Adams said after the meeting. When asked specifically if anything outside the scope of the audit arose at the meeting that he would consider taking to a grand jury, Adams replied, ‘I will know more after meeting with the city attorney.’ Attorney Scott Mayfield of Smith, Welch, Webb & White represents Milner. Sheriff Brad White noted his investigators have finished up their work on the matter and have turned their file over to Adams. The district attorney requested the investigation which began May 18.

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