Former commissioner indicted on theft charges

Gregory Jackson / Dougherty County Jail

A former Worth County commissioner is facing jail time after allegedly stealing more than $160,000 worth of items from the Southwest Georgia Second Harvest Food Bank.

A Dougherty County grand jury indicted Anthony Hall and Gregory Jackson on seven felony counts of theft by conversion.

While working inventory for the food bank, the men allegedly took truck loads of items donated from Procter and Gamble and other agencies, including toilet paper and paper towels.

An audit revealed the thefts occurred between January 2011 and earlier this year.

Officials say the reputations of charitable organizations are at stake when these types of crimes happen.

"They want to make sure that they're donors understand that the things that are being donated for the benefit of the people that need it will get to them as opposed to being diverted or stolen or used for other purposes," said Greg Edwards, Dougherty County District Attorney.

Anthony Hall was serving as a Worth County commissioner when the crimes allegedly occurred.

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