Around Our Area: Former Meigs City Council member, city employee charged in case involving utility bills

From the Thomasville Times-Enterprise:

A former Meigs City Council member and former Meigs City Hall employee posted bonds Wednesday on charges they defrauded Meigs city government.

Odessa Walden Sutton, who resigned from the city council in August, and Rene Boyd Williams, who left the city’s employ in early August, are charged with conspire to defraud state/political subdivision, a felony.

The women were arrested by the Thomas County Sheriff’s Office late Tuesday night at their respective residences.

An investigation began after Meigs City Manager Sydney Perry and Meigs Police Chief Gary Price contacted the sheriff’s office.

“They had discovered that (Miss) Sutton had paid her utility bill with a check, and she was in their system as someone the city could not accept a check from,” said Lt. Tim Watkins, sheriff’s office chief investigator.

Further investigation and records showed Sutton’s water and sewer bills had been credited to zero each month from March 2014 to the present. Said Watkins, “They had no records of a payment since 2014.”

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