Mayor pro tem in jail awaiting bond hearing

Vincent Hogan (Source: Chatham County Sheriff's Office)
Vincent Hogan (Source: Chatham County Sheriff's Office)

By Don Logana - bio | email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - It's a mugshot instead of a campaign poster. Instead of sitting in on a city council meeting, Port Wentworth's mayor pro tem is sitting in jail.

Vincent Hogan turned himself in at the Chatham County Jail Wednesday morning and was booked on charges stemming from allegations he falsified election documents. This issue has been boiling since last summer, when it was discovered Hogan had been arrested and charged more than 12 years ago for forgery involving counterfeit money.

Twelve years ago, a Charleston court convicted Hogan. His probation expired five years ago and Hogan says he thought he was clear to run for political office. However, Georgia law says you have to wait ten years from the end of your sentence.

A Chatham County grand jury indicted Hogan on charges he lied when he didn't note the conviction on his application to run for Port Wentworth City Council.

Hogan remains in jail awaiting a bond hearing expected for Thursday morning before Judge Abbott.

Not many people are commenting publicly on Hogan's arrest. WTOC did speak with Port Wentworth Mayor Glenn Jones on Wednesday morning. He told WTOC: The city understands and is aware of the sitautaion and the city will cooperate with the District Attorney's office accordingly.

Since 9:00 a.m., Hogan had been in booking a the jail. WTOC was there all morning and afternoon, expecting him to be released and to try to get comment from him or his attorney, Richard Darden, but it never happened.

Hogan remains in jail until, at least, tomorrow morning when the bond hearing is expected to take place.

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