Sumter Co. leaders react to controversial death, investigation of former D.A.

Sumter Co. leaders react to controversial death, investigation of former D.A.
Former D. A. Plez Hardin (Source: WALB)
Former D. A. Plez Hardin (Source: WALB)
Randy Howard, Commission Chairman (Source: WALB)
Randy Howard, Commission Chairman (Source: WALB)

AMERICUS, GA (WALB) - Lewis Lamb, the acting district attorney for the Southwestern Judicial Circuit, issued a statement Tuesday afternoon about the status of that office and an investigation.

Lamb confirmed that Hardin was the subject of an investigation by the federal government.

The Southwestern Judicial Circuit will be audited and Lamb pledged his cooperation and that some money can't be accounted for.

Lamb said the office will be transparent and accountable, as long as he has any control over the process.

Below is Lamb's statement:

I, Lewis Lamb, the Acting District Attorney for the Southwestern Judicial Circuit, have confirmed that deceased District Attorney Plez Hardin was the subject of a federal investigation related to financial and tax improprieties. I became aware of that investigation shortly before Mr. Hardin's death.

Commission Chairman Randy Howard said he is still in shock from the news.

"It's such a shock. Everybody knew Plez, he got along with people and we always thought a lot of him and his family and when something like that happens, you're not sure what to do," said Howard.

Howard said he is standing behind Lamb.

"He's keeping us informed and asking for help and he's done a good job and we appreciate it and we fully support him 110 percent," said Howard.

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