- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 28, 2017

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - A former county commissioner in Georgia has been charged with theft for receiving advances to fund government trips he never took.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports a grand jury indicted former DeKalb County Commissioner Stan Watson on a single charge of theft by conversion Tuesday.

County records show Watson withdrew $3,586 in travel advance trips for conferences in Chicago and Savannah in 2016. Watson resigned to run for DeKalb Tax Commissioner before taking the trips.

A press release from DeKalb District Attorney Sherry Boston’s office says the state alleges the money was converted to personal use and not repaid until a year later, violating county policy.

A warrant has been issued for the former member of the Georgia House of Representatives. It’s unclear if Watson has a lawyer.

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