State News

May 12, 2009

Gordon sheriff's deputy arrested on theft, drug charges

Scott Payne has been employed by the sheriff's office for 14 years

A Gordon County Sheriff’s deputy has been arrested after an investigation linked him to the theft of fuel.

Scott W. Payne, 37, of Derby Lane, Calhoun, has been terminated as a deputy sheriff and jailed on theft and drug charges, Gordon County Sheriff Mitch Ralston said.

According to Ralston:

Upon assuming office on Jan. 1, 2009, Ralton ordered a thorough audit and review of the operation of the sheriff’s office.

Part of this audit included an examination of fuel consumption in official vehicles. A serious discrepancy was noted concerning a particular deputy sheriff in the patrol division. As this discrepancy appeared very serious, Ralston contacted the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) to conduct an independent criminal investigation.

This investigation, which began in April, spanned several weeks and concluded with Payne’s arrest Monday by the GBI on theft charges.

When Payne was being allowed to retrieve personal belongings from a patrol car, he attempted to grab and destroy a cigarette box found to contain what is believed to be marijuana.

In addition to the theft charge, Payne will be charged with violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act by the GBI. He was booked at the Gordon County Jail and housed in a neighboring jurisdiction pending bond proceedings.

Payne had been employed in the sheriff’s office since November 1995, serving under two previous administrations. He was certified as a peace officer in October 1997.



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