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November 22, 2004

Clay County - Charges of favoritism in a south Georgia county office have the NAACP calling for a criminal investigation.

One county commissioner says other county leaders are ignoring evidence that an employee stole from the county.

Clay County Commissioner and NAACP President Byron Sands is angry. Sands tells a crowd at a press conference, "We need to stand up as citizens in Clay County, black and white. It's your tax payers dollars. It's not about black or white, it's about right and wrong."

Sands' sister, Debra Ricks Sinquefield, a former county employee was charged with computer theft, but acquitted in 2003.

Since then, he says another female employee mishandled money, but nothing was done. Sands adds, "We want an investigation by the GBI."

And he also wants documents from County Administrator Blake Proctor. He tells the crowd, "I'm giving him three days, from this day, to give them to me." But, County Administrator Blake Procter says, "Every document that he has asked for, I presented."

The NAACP has filed a complaint against the Clay County Commission. Procter adds, "I have not received anything."

Meanwhile, Sands' sister has filed a federal lawsuit against the county. When asked if a county employee is being investigated, Procter answered, "I don't think we should discuss that, that may be part of the lawsuit and I don't think we should discuss that."

But, as far as the other employee goes. Procter says, "She is not in a lawsuit, she is not under investigation, she is not under any duress and the commission has taken no action against her, so, evidently not."

Sands asks the crowd, "Who stopped the investigation?"

The GBI in Sylvester says they do not have a case file on the other employee.

The next scheduled Clay County commission meeting is December 14th.

posted at 5:50PM by kathryn.simmons@walb.com