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Waycross City Commissioner indicted

September 19, 2003

(Waycross-AP) -- A Ware County grand jury has indicted Waycross City Commissioner Janice "Penny" Hodges on charges that she used a city credit card for personal items.

The indictment opened yesterday charges Hodges with theft by conversion, violating her oath of office and malpractice, misfeasance and malfeasance in office.

Hodges could not be reached for comment, but in May she said she believed she was allowed to make personal purchases on the city Visa cards as long as she reimbursed the city.

City records show she repaid Waycross the total owed, about $6,500, for items including clothing, airline tickets, rental cars and products from home shopping companies.

 Hodges' lawyer, John Thigpen, said she was innocent and will be vindicated of all charges. Thigpen said Hodges has not violated any criminal statutes.

posted at  11:05AM by dave.miller@walb.com

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