Georgia Police Chief, Officer Arrested on False Imprisonment Charges

By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
The Associated Press
March 2, 2016 Updated: March 2, 2016

WHITE, Ga.—A northeast Georgia police chief and officer accused of arresting people on fake charges and reducing the charges to collect fines for nearly four years have been arrested.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokesman Greg Ramsey says 58-year-old police chief David King and 26-year-old officer Black Scheff of the White Police Department were charged on Wednesday with false imprisonment under color of legal process, theft by extortion and violation of oath by a public officer.

Ramsey says the incidents occurred between December 2011 and April 2015. King and Scheff’s arrest comes after the FBI and GBI executed search warrants at the White Police Department and White City Hall on January 21.

King and Scheff are being held at the Bartow County Jail. It’s not clear whether both have an attorney.