A former Gordon County Sheriff’s deputy has been convicted and sentenced to more than 20 counts of felony charges relating to a 2009 arrest.

Scott Whitney Payne, 38, of Derby Lane, Calhoun, was terminated as a deputy sheriff in May 2009 after an investigation linked him to the theft of fuel.

According to a report first published in the Calhoun Times in May of 2009, when Sheriff Mitch Ralston first assumed office in 2009 he requested an audit and review of all operations, including fuel use.

After the review was completed a “serious discrepancy was noted concerning a particular deputy sheriff in the patrol division,” Ralston told the Calhoun Times in 2009.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) was contacted and an investigation was launched by Dan Sims of the GBI. The investigation began in April and spanned several weeks.

Payne was arrested by the GBI on theft charges on May 11, 2009.

Calhoun Times