My old friend and journalistic cohort from Columbus, Richard Hyatt, sent me this message:
Had a bizarre moment Wednesday. My daughter failed to show up in court for a speeding ticket and had her license suspended. Took her to the license bureau and while we waited a trusty in white prison garb was handing out clip boards etc.
Kept looking at the guy. Knew I had met him in other circumstances. Finally figured out where I knew him from. It was the Georgia House of Representatives. The prisoner in the white outfit was Charles Thomas, D-Temple.
I sent Richard a reply confirming that, yes, that would be the same Charlie Thomas who pleaded guilty in 2009 to 55 counts of theft by taking and forgery. Thomas agreed to surrender his license to practice law, effectively resulting in his disbarment. His legal problems stemmed from allegations that he sold forged title insurance while purporting to be an agent for Stewart Title Guaranty Co. He pleaded guilty to theft and forgery charges in Carroll County Superior Court and was sentenced to six years in prison.
Thomas is not the only public official from Georgia to end up in the gray-bar hotel in recent years. Robin Williams, Linda Schrenko, Diana Harvey Johnson, and Charles Walker could share some of their prison reminiscences also.
Just another face from the past . . .