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article imageGeorgia police chief, officer face corruption charges

By Arthur Weinreb     Mar 3, 2016 in Crime
White - Police Chief David King and Officer Brett Scheff of the city of White, Georgia are alleged to have charged people with crimes they did not commit and then offered to drop the charge and cite them for a minor offence if they paid a fine to the officers.
King, 58, and Scheff, 26, were the only two full-time police officers in the small city of White. They were arrested yesterday after the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the FBI executed search warrants at White City Hall and the police station in January. The officers face charges of false imprisonment under colour of legal process, theft by extortion and violation of oath by a public officer.
It is alleged these offences were committed between December 2011 and April 2015.
According to the GBI, Brittany Brown was arrested on March 31, 2012 and charged with felony deposit account fraud, a crime she did not commit. She was later told she could avoid the charge if she agreed to be cited for disorderly conduct and paid a $1,000 fine to the police.
On April 22, 2015, Lois Kitchens was arrested after Scheff swore out a warrant alleging she had committed the offence of cruelty to children in the first-degree, a felony. She did not commit the offence. Scheff later told Kitchens' husband that if she accepted a citation for disorderly conduct and pay a $1,000 fine, the felony charge would be dropped.
Both of Brown and Kitchens refused to be extorted and went to trial on their felony charges. Greg Ramey, the GBI special agent in charge of the investigation, told WSB TV, the evidence of the two officers did not support the charges and there were inconsistencies. As Ramey so eloquently put it, "King and Scheff allegedly told on themselves."
In October 2015, the Bartow County District Attorney's Office referred the matter to the GBI.
CBS 46, in Atlanta, sent a crew to White to speak to residents. While many people do not believe the allegations, they found one woman who said she was forced to pay $999 to the police for not having her driver's licence in her purse.
As King and Scheff were the only two full-time police officers and have now been suspended, the White PD has shut down and the city is being policed by the Bartow County Sheriff's Office.
The investigation is continuing and Ramey believes there are more victims. King and Scheff were booked into the Bartow County Jail and later released on bond.
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