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Snellville mayor turns self in on tax evasion, theft charges


Snellville Mayor Tom Witts turned himself in at the Gwinnett County jail Thursday afternoon, one week after a grand jury returned a 66-count indictment against him.

Witts, 68, was booked into the jail at around 12:30 p.m., online records showed. He was released about 25 minutes later on a $20,000 signature bond — meaning that he didn’t have to pay any money to be released but could be fined that amount if he fails to show for court appearances.

More on myAJC.com: Suspension from office a possibility for indicted Snellville mayor

More on myAJC.com: Mayor’s indictment puts Snellville shenanigans back in the spotlight

As Witts walked out of the jail Thursday, he and his attorney both balked when asked for comment by a Channel 2 Action News reporter.

“I don’t really have anything to say,” the mayor said.

The indictment returned against Witts last week accuses him of numerous crimes, including tax evasion; lying on official documents about owing taxes when he ran for both city council and for mayor; improperly allowing his business to perform work for the city; and using campaign funds for personal expenses like cruises and airline tickets.

Sixty-five of the charges are felonies. The only misdemeanor charge accuses Witts of using 2015 campaign money to purchase a six-month membership on a pornography website.

Witts, a former city councilman, was elected as mayor in 2015. 

Visit myAJC.com to read more about what could be next for Witts — including a panel appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal that could ultimately lead to a suspension.

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