ALBANY, GA (WALB) –A man who ran for Mayor of Ocilla is charged with forgery. Chad Williamson, is accused of forging nearly $30,000 worth of checks on a woman who hired him to do some construction work.
Ben Hill County investigators say forgery cases are nothing new but its not every day thousands of dollars are reported stolen.
"She reported that she had three checks forged out of her banking account for $29,500 dollars," said Ben Hill County Investigator Patrick Hogan.
Ben Hill County resident Pam Ross told investigators she knew who was responsible.
"She had copies of her canceled checks and they were written payable to a Chad Williamson and also Williamson Management Group," said Hogan.
But when Williamson was brought in for questioning he had another story.
"Williamson's defense is he was written these checks by the complainant to pay for work that he had done for the complainant, said Hogan.
Ross claims she paid Williamson with cashiers checks.
"Apparently Mr Williamson has done business in the past, where Mr. Williamson has had records to the complainants business records and methods of payments," said Hogan.
Chad Williamson wasn't out of town today, but spoke with us by phone.
"I'd like to just say that this whole ordeal has just been a misunderstanding and its something that is being resolved as we speak," said Chad Williamson.
Investigators charged Williamson with three counts of forgery.
Chad Williamson says he can't say a whole lot more to defend himself on the advice of his attorney.
Law officers say they will thoroughly investigate Williamson's financial records.
Chad Williamson was released on a 25,000 dollar bond.