Unadilla downtown authority chairman arrested on theft charges

Unadilla downtown authority chairman arrested on theft charges
Bobby West, 59, was charged with theft by taking and theft by conversion and booked into the Dooly County Jail. (Source: WALB)

UNADILLA, Ga. (WALB) - The chairman of the Unadilla Downtown Development Authority was arrested Wednesday on theft charges, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI).

Bobby West, 59, was charged with theft by taking and theft by conversion and booked into the Dooly County Jail.

The GBI said on February 5, 2020, the Region 13 Office was requested by Dooly County Sheriff Craig Peavy to “investigate funds being stolen from the Unadilla Downtown Development Authority.”

“A full financial audit was to be conducted by an independent auditor to determine the amount of funds missing from the downtown development authority,” the GBI said in a release.

The audit, which was completed in November 2020, found that over $30,000 was taken from the authority between January 2016 and January 2020.

West was appointed chairman of the authority in January 2016, according to the GBI.

From January 2012 to December 2015, West was the mayor of Unadilla.

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