County Commissioner Arrested on Shoplifting, Racketeering Charges

Five people, including a northeast Georgia county commissioner, have been arrested following a months-long racketeering investigation, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI).

Hart County Commissioner R.C. Oglesby, 65, is facing 10 counts of shoplifting and two counts of racketeering, the state agency said Thursday in a news release. Oglesby was first elected commissioner in 1989, according to a biography on the county’s website.

Hartwell police officers, Hart deputies and Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office agents executed multiple search warrants at locations in Hartwell, including a home in the 400 block of Winding Way, another in the 1300 block of North Forest Avenue and two locations in the 2100 block of Anderson Highway. It’s not clear what triggered the investigation, which yielded an undisclosed amount of cocaine and marijuana.“It was also determined that EBT card fraud was being utilized to defraud the state of Georgia,” the GBI said. When Oglesby was arrested, officials found a… Atlantic Journal-Constitution

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