Ex-DeKalb Commissioner indicted on theft charge, arrest warrant issued

Ex-DeKalb Commissioner indicted on theft charge, arrest warrant issued

The former DeKalb County Commissioner has been indicted on a theft charge.

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — Former DeKalb County Commissioner Stan Watson was indicted by a grand jury Tuesday.

According to DeKalb County District Attorney Sherry Boston’s office, Watson faces a single count of theft by conversion in DeKalb Superior Court.

Watson is accused of receiving about $3,000 in advances for government trips he never took.

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He’s accused of withdrawing checks in January 2016 for upcoming business conferences. However, Watson resigned from his position in March 2016 to run for DeKalb tax commissioner.

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According to Boston’s office, “The state alleges the expense money was then converted to personal use and not repaid until approximately one year later, well after Watson’s resignation.”

Boston’s office says a warrant has been issued for Watson’s arrest, and he’s expected to surrender.

The case will be prosecuted by the District Attorney's anti-corruption unit. A trial date has not been set.