ATKINSON CO., GA (WALB) - A Georgia probate judge has been indicted on charges of racketeering and theft by taking after nearly half a million dollars was stolen from the Atkinson County Probate Court's Office.
Probate Judge Marjorie O'Brien was arrested on January 27, 2017, and charged with one count of theft by taking.
An investigation was launched into the possible theft of funds by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation at the request of Superior Court Judge Howard McClain on January 17, 2017.
During the investigation, the GBI determined O'Brien had stolen approximately $430,000 from the Atkinson County Probate court's Office between 2010 and 2016.
On Monday, O'Brien was indicted by an Atkinson County grand jury on two counts of racketeering and 81 counts of theft by taking.
Atkinson County Sheriff David Moore says the whole situation caught him completely off guard.
"It's like a kick in the stomach. One it's a small county, everybody knows everybody. We may talk about you, but we still like you. It was hard. It's hard for a lot of people," said Moore.
The case is being prosecuted by the Georgia Attorney General's Office.