A book-in photo from the previous contempt arrest in Gilmer County.
A Pickens grand jury Friday returned numerous charges against local attorney Mark Miller. He was arrested Friday afternoon by Gilmer County deputies at his home and was being transferred to the Pickens jail, according to a statement from the Pickens sheriff about 3:30 p.m.
The charges presented to the grand jury came from work by Pickens sheriff and district attorney investigators and the GBI. An FBI agent was also listed as a witness before the grand jury.
The charges are the result of a year-and-a-half-long investigation, said Sheriff Donnie Craig.
Miller recently spent 10 days in the Gilmer jail on contempt charges and now faces a barrage of financial transaction card fraud charges, identity fraud, theft by deception, theft by conversion, and theft by taking charges here in Pickens County. He was also charged with exploitation and intimidation of disabled adult, elder person or resident. He is also accused of "racketeering activity" for the crimes.
It appeared most of the theft charges relate to the estate of David Kent, which is the same civil suit where Miller was jailed for contempt when he did not provide information and did not show up for a hearing. He is being sued by an heir claiming he kept thousands of dollars and property from them.
The indictment from the grand jury states that Miller committed theft by deception by taking property through “deceitful means and artful practice.”
Another theft by deception charge states that Miller took funds that David Kent should have received under the sale of real estate by using false appearances.
The financial fraud charges show Miller used a credit card during 2014 without the permission of the owner for numerous purchases, totaling thousands of dollars. These appear to all be from the same credit card, but entail 28 different purchases of all types ranging from software to charges at the Levi’s Store.
Sheriff Donnie Craig said they are continuing to look at other work Miller has performed in regard to financial impropriety. “We’re not looking into his legal work but are looking at places involving money,” he said. He felt more charges are likely.
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Sheriff spokesman Kris Stancil said they will provide a good bit more information later locally and to metro news outlets due “to the potential for victims outside this area.”
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Jasper business owners and residents ponder plans presented to improve the town’s transportation and its effects on downtown commerce at a public forum last Thursday in the county admin building.
One planning consultant commended Jasper with a “good job” for the tremendous turnout to offer input into the town’s roads, signs and appearance at a meeting Thursday at the county administration building.
The room was indeed packed with more than 70 business owners, local officials, chamber leaders and residents providing their two-cents-worths on a number of topics concerning Jasper through the Downtown Transportation
By William Young
Feeding rope through my rappel rack, I back closer to the edge. I glance over my shoulder at rushing water as it begins its 729 foot cascade to a pool far below.
Amicalola Falls, one of north Georgia’s most beautiful spots, is besieged by a multitude of visitors. Only a small percentage of those are thoughtless enough to leave trash behind. But it mounts up. Some of that trash enters the stream, ending up on the falls or below. Some of the trash is found near the trail or the stairs.
When school is in session, many Pickens County Middle Schoolers walk through this culvert to get to Roper Park after they are dismissed from school --- but many of the kids are unsupervised and it has created a big problem, according to the rec director.
Commissioners swiftly and unanimously voted to beef up rules regarding unsupervised minors at Roper Park, a situation the recreation director said was “spiraling out of control.”
Beginning on August 1, all kids under the age of 16 will be required to have supervision at Roper Park by an adult 18 years or older. This includes all playing fields, tracks and the Pickens County Community Center. Signage will be placed around the park to alert park goers of the new policy.
See the full story including comments from rec director Brian Jones in this week's edition.
The tentative schools budget passed by a slim 3-2 margin at the Thursday, June 16 school board meeting, with board members Daniel Bell and Delaine Lewis casting a no vote based mainly on salary issues with two positions in the system.
See the full story including comments from Bell and Lewis in this week's edition.