- Associated Press - Friday, August 14, 2015

NICHOLSON, Ga. (AP) - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says it has seized documents from a small northeast Georgia city as part of an investigation into whether tax dollars were improperly used to pave a private road linked to the mayor’s family.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1h9sSTB ) GBI agents spent several hours Wednesday at the City Hall of Nicholson, about 13 miles north of Athens. GBI Agent Jesse Maddox said agents took “numerous documents.”

The GBI is helping prosecutors investigate allegations that the city used $10,607 in sales taxes to pave a dirt road that intersects property owned by a family member of Mayor Ronnie Maxwell.

A study by the city attorney concluded much of the unnamed road isn’t owned by the city and has been used “exclusively as a private drive” since 2005.

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Information from: Athens Banner-Herald, http://www.onlineathens.com

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