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Published on April 11, 2024
Georgia Governor Kemp Suspends Pineview Mayor Brandon Holt Amid Theft AllegationsSource: Wikipedia/Office of U.S. Senator David Perdue, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Georgia's own Governor Brian Kemp put his foot down on corruption, ordering a time-out for Pineview Mayor Brandon Holt. Accused of filching a staggering $65,000 from the small town's coffers, Holt was stripped of his mayoral duties, awaiting the outcome of his criminal charges.

Holt, facing 75 counts of theft by taking, allegedly transferred the town’s money to his personal account using Cash App, 75 times, between June and October. WABE reports that during his suspension, the south Georgia mayor will not be drawing a paycheck from the 500-resident town he's accused of betraying.

The mayor, currently out on bail, seems to be sticking his head in the sand; requests for a statement from his attorney have gone without response. Meanwhile, Kemp didn't make this move on a whim. A review commission, consisting of Attorney General Chris Carr, Warner Robins Mayor LaRhonda Patrick, and Macon-Bibb County Mayor Lester Miller, advised the governor that Holt's continued service as mayor was untenable given the charges hanging over his head.

Pineview isn't Holt's first alleged rodeo with embezzlement. WMAZ-TV disclosed that he was previously nabbed in Bibb County in 2022 on different, yet familiar, charges of theft by deception and financial identity fraud. In that legal drama, he's accused of rerouting over $22,000 from Macon Asphalt to two loan companies. Like the plot of a made-for-TV movie, Holt has pleaded not guilty as that case grind toward trial.