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GA Mayor Indicted, Used Campaign Money for Vacation and Porn

Keely Sharp
Written by Keely Sharp

A Georgia mayor has been indicted and faces more than 60 felony charges after he turned himself in for using campaign money to fund his vacation and porn.

Snellville Mayor Tom Witts allegedly used his campaign money to buy a half year’s subscription to porn sites, as well as a Caribbean cruise and an airline ticket.

Did he not realize that he was leaving an electronic trail? Perhaps he just didn’t think anyone would be checking? Or maybe he just didn’t care. Who knows.

Last week, he was indicted on 66 counts, including tax evasion and violation of oath by a public officer.

Channel 2’s Tony Thomas was the only reporter there as Witts bonded out of jail. He asked him about the charges and how he was feeling.

His response was only a few short words: “I don’t really have anything to say.”

Witts bonded out of jail with a signature and won’t have to pay any of his $20,000 bond unless he fails to show up for any of his future court appearances.

The governor said he’ll convene a three-person committee next week; the group could recommend suspending the mayor for up to six months.

Witts took office in 2015 after a heated campaign against then-Mayor Kelly Kautz. Within in a short time, Gwinnett County investigators began looking into suspected irregularities in his campaign spending and work his company did on City Hall.

Gwinnett District Attorney Danny Porter said he’s had no contact with Witts or his attorney since the indictment and there are no negotiations underway.

“Statutes require that I send a certified copy of the indictment to the governor, which I’ll do tomorrow morning,” he said.

The case will likely go before a judge for arraignment in about a month.

City Manager Butch Sanders issued a statement:  “In the three years since our last immersion in the legal system, we as a city and a community have come a long way. We have added to our park system, greatly improved sanitation services, grown public confidence in our police services in the face of difficult nationwide issues and made a great start on building a Towne Center. With the public’s support, we will carry these efforts forward as the mayor addresses his issues and we will keep Tom and Carol in our thoughts and prayers. We have cooperated with the district attorney’s investigation fully and will continue to be governed by the law as directed by our city attorney.”

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Keely Sharp

Keely Sharp

Keely is a 23-year-old conservative writer for many different sites, including Keepandbear.com. While she lives in Georgia, she grew up in Florida. Keely is pro-life, Christian, and a member of the NRA. When she is not writing, she enjoys going to the range and hiking with her dogs.

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