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GBI looking into email 'hacking' by former city council members

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POSTED: May 2, 2012 5:00 a.m.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into whether two former Richmond Hill city council members illegally obtained city emails.

Agent Cathy Sapp with the GBI confirmed the investigation Tuesday, but did not name the council members under scrutiny.

"Right now we’re doing an investigation involving two former council people," Sapp said. "It is a computer intrusion case, the case is open and no charges have been filed. We’re conferring with the District Attorney."

An attempt to reach Atlantic Judicial Circuit District Attorney Tom Durden was unsuccessful Tuesday.

Though no one was named, Richmond Hill Mayor Harold Fowler said he is aware the GBI approached former council member Marilyn Hodges about the incident. He said the GBI also had approached Richmond Hill resident Buddy Clark about it.

"I don’t know what was said I just know they did talk and my understanding is it is left up to the District Attorney," he said.

Hodges, who lost in the 2011 election to Jan Bass, could not be reached Tuesday afternoon. Clark’s phone number was not available.

Fowler said the investigation follows an open meetings violation complaint filed against the city by Clark back in February.

"It was brought to my attention that some people had some city emails they should not have had and I was trying to find out where it was coming from," Fowler said.

Fowler said the emails were used in an open meetings complaint submitted by Clark to the Attorney General. Fowler said that complaint was dismissed.

Police were first notified of the issue in February, according to Richmond Hill Police Chief Billy Reynolds.

"A police report was filed by a current council person stating his city email account had been illegally accessed," Reynolds said.

Read full story in Wednesday's Bryan County News.

 

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