Ex-supervisor’s fraud conviction upheld

Published 5:05 pm Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The state Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld the fraud conviction of former Lowndes County Supervisor Jim Terry.

Terry was sentenced to 13 months in prison and removed from office in December 2007 after his conviction for misusing a county-issued gasoline card.

Prosecutors say Terry was accused of fraudulently obtaining gasoline and using a county-owned vehicle for his personal activities, including trips to casinos, between Jan. 1, 2004, and Dec. 31, 2005.

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State law allows supervisors to use private vehicles in “emergencies” and to pay for the fuel, but the use must be authorized by the board of supervisors, even if after the fact.

Prosecutors say Terry did not obtain such approval.

Terry was defeated for re-election in 2007.