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March 2020
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Chief magistrate Wigington resigns

Investigation of financial fraud expands

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Allen Wigington

Pickens Sheriff's book-in photo

   

       The investigation of financial fraud by Allen Wigington, the former chief magistrate judge, has expanded to include all accounts under his control in the court and will extend back at least a decade, according to Pickens Sheriff Donnie Craig.

The investigation has also grown to include investigators from the Georgia Attorney General’s office, in addition to sheriff investigators and the GBI, who made the initial arrest on January 29.

        Wigington, who has submitted his resignation to the governor to be effective April 30, is accused of three counts of unauthorized use of financial transaction card for his use of a county credit card issued to him; six counts of theft by taking which includes checks written from the magistrate account to the Blaine Lodge to cover money investigators say he stole from the non-profit where he was treasurer; and one count of violation of oath of office.

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