Hinesville Police Department officer Cpl. Anthony Martin was arrested and charged with one count of financial transaction card fraud on Wednesday. The arrest was made after an investigation determined that Martin took and used a financial transaction card from a vehicle that he stopped for a traffic violation on Jan. 25.
After the traffic stop, the car was inventoried, removed from the scene and transported to a wreck yard. On Jan. 26, a $500 gift card that was in the car was reported missing or lost. The Hinesville Police Department became aware of the report and the Detective Division began a full investigation into the case, including talking to witnesses.
On Jan. 30, the investigation determined that a Hinesville Police officer may have been involved in the reported theft. Officer Martin was then placed on administrative leave. Police discussed the investigation with Atlantic Judicial Circuit District Attorney Tom Durden and a warrant was issued for Martin for financial transaction card fraud.
Martin will remain on administrative leave pending the completion of the formal disciplinary process as outlined in the city of Hinesville's Personnel Policy. Martin appeared before Superior Court of Liberty County Judge Paul Rose for bond on Wednesday.
Martin has been an officer with the city of Hinesville for the past seven years.
The Atlantic Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office will be handling the prosecution of the case and determine if any additional charges will be made.