Georgia Investigators Seize Fire Department Records

State investigators and the district attorney collected records from the Columbus Dept. of Fire & EMS (GA) after receiving word the department may have committed criminal acts in its record handling, reports WRBL News 3.

About 10 agents both from the GBI and  the D.A.’s office interviewed at least a dozen people from the department including the fire chief. 

It all started about a month ago, when the District Attorney’s Office received allegations about record keeping and reporting.  “The allegation involves the Creation of documents, the maintenance of documents and then the dissemination of those documents,” said GBI Special Agent in Charge, Wayne Smith.

District Attorney Julia Slater requested the investigation by the GBI, rather than local authorities so there is no conflict of interest.

“With public records there may be any number of motives for wanting to alter or not maintain these properly.  I don’t want to speculate on what a motive might be on that because we don’t know that anything has been done that’s inappropriate at this point.”

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