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More details in Bulloch indictments

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Tucker, Akins, Deloach, Smith (Source: Bulloch Co. Sheriff's Office) Tucker, Akins, Deloach, Smith (Source: Bulloch Co. Sheriff's Office)
STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) -

The attorney for Bulloch County's former clerk of court says the indictments against her don't fit the reputation she earned during 40 years with the county.

"Mrs. Akins is probably one of the most honorable and popular public servants we've ever had here," said Sims Lanier.

Akins, current clerk Teresa Tucker, and three past and present deputy clerks face charges of theft by conversion and violation of oath of office. The investigation began in 2010 when Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents seized records from the office. A Bulloch County grand jury heard presentments Monday and indicted the five defendants.

The charges stem from money collected by the clerks office for Bulloch County's state court. That includes fines and fees from tickets and other citations written by sheriff's deputies, Georgia State Patrol, and other agencies. The money comes through the clerks office and is distributed to several county and state agencies.

Tucker's attorney, Dan Snipes, said Tucker and Akins face more charges than the three other defendants because they are held responsible for the office and anything that may occur under their watch.

Tucker released a statement to WTOC:

"In August 2010, the GBI conducted a search of the Bulloch County Clerk of Court's office and began an investigation into the section of the office that processed traffic citations. As a result of this investigation, criminal charges were presented to the May 2013 term of the Bulloch County Grand Jury on July 8, 2013. The Grand Jury determined that some evidence existed which warranted further judicial proceedings and returned an indictment. The Grand Jury's only job is to make a determination whether any evidence exists which supports the charges and they are not given the task to determine whether or not any crime actually occurred."

"I have worked in the Bulloch County Clerk of Court's office since 1979. During the 35 years that I worked as a public servant, I have never done anything that I thought to be dishonest or contrary to the interests of the citizens of Bulloch County. I have never knowingly committed any crimes or taken any money or property. After being elected Clerk of Court in November of 2008 and taking office in January of 2009, I stepped into the role of Clerk and have operated the office honestly and to the best of my ability. From the very beginning, I have fully cooperated with the GBI in their investigation into this matter and will continue to be truthful in every aspect of this case."

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