Thomasville mayor indicted by grand jury

Hobbs charged with making a false report, statement, among other charges

Thomasville Mayor Indictments

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - Thomasville’s mayor was indicted for allegedly forging payroll documents, according to officials.

Greg Hobbs was indicted on six counts by a grand jury.

  • Count 1: False report of a crime 
  • Count 2: Violation of oath by public officer 
  • Count 3: Making a false statement 
  • Count 4: Violation of oath by public officer 
  • Count 5: Making a false statement 
  • Count 6: Violation of oath of public officer 

City Manager Alan Carson said despite the charges, Hobbs’ role has not changed.

“I haven’t heard from the attorney’s yet that there’s anything that changes that status. So he’ll still operate as mayor, and he’s still on council," said Carson.

Carson said he wants to reassure Thomasville residents that they will not let this become a distraction, and continuing to serve the city is top priority.

“Team Thomasville will come together. We will work just like we always have. So, the citizens can feel secure in the fact that the organization is going to run just like they expect it to be," said Carson.

The GBI was requested in June 2018 to start an investigation by the Thomas County District Attorney’s Office. The investigation was into “financial documents that allegedly had the signature of Thomasville Mayor Greg Hobbs forged on them,” Jamy Steinberg, GBI special agent in charge, said in a release.

The GBI investigation began and interviews were done with those identified as 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.
Jamy Steinberg, GBI Special Agent in Charge

Steinberg said the decision to present the case to a Thomas County grand jury was made Feb. 4.

The attorney representing the two City of Thomasville employees suing Hobbs in a forgery case released a statement to WALB.

“My clients, Kha McDonald and Vicky Bryson, are both relieved and saddened by the news of the mayor’s indictments today. They are obviously pleased to be vindicated as they have known from the beginning, of course, that they did not forge the mayor’s signature on any document and that his accusations to the contrary were completely false.  At the same time, they are saddened by this development as my clients truly love the City of Thomasville and the great people they work with to make it run.  My clients look forward to the continued pursuit of their civil claims against Mayor Hobbs and the City for the harm this has caused them.  While today’s events are seen by them as a big step in the right direction, it does not change the fact that they were falsely and publicly accused of something which they did not do, and they are having to live with effects of that.
Robb Howell, attorney for Kha McDonald and Vicky Bryson

Following this indictment, Hobbs will be arraigned but that has yet to be scheduled.

Tim Sanders, Hobb’s attorney, could not be reached for comment.

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