JONESBORO — The state’s evidence against former Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill includes bank statements and other documents that seem to form a paper trail connecting Hill to allegations of illegal activities, the Clayton News Daily has learned.
Hill was indicted in January on 37 felony counts related to allegations primarily occurring in 2008 after he lost his bid for re-election. He failed to win outright a third bid for office in July but garnered enough votes to put the election into an Aug. 21 run-off with incumbent Sheriff Kem Kimbrough.
In document after document, evidence reviewed by Clayton News Daily this week seems to show that Hill used a debit card that drew funds from the general ledger account for his own personal use. Records show Hill rented a cabin in Helen, Ga., in June 2008 using that card and then upgraded at check-in. The state contends Hill was on vacation with Beatrice Powell, then a Clayton corrections officer.
Evidence shows Hill and Powell drove up to Helen in a county-owned vehicle and used county funds to pay for fuel and other expenses. Records seem to connect Hill’s signature on rental agreements and hotel check-ins to county funds used to pay for those accommodations.
The pair took other trips, to Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina and Mississippi. Naomi Nash sometimes went with them, alleges the state. The trips included visits at casinos and purchases made with county funds, according to the evidence.
Another paper trail appears to link Hill with his own campaign funds. He is accused of converting the funds for his personal use. Bank documents show proof that funds were donated to his campaign and that he then wrote a check for $15,000 to Nash as his campaign manager.
According to the documents, Nash deposited the check into her personal bank account and withdrew $14,992.99 four different times over two weeks. Nash reportedly told prosecutors that she spent about $1,000 and the rest went back to Hill.
Hill is also accused of taking a $2,000 contribution and converting it into his personal account last summer. Bank records show he would have had about $28 in the bank in July had he not allegedly deposited that $2,000, and would have eventually been overdrawn on that account.
The Clayton News Daily is conducting a thorough analysis of the information reviewed late Tuesday night. Read more about it online Thursday at www.news-daily.com or pick up a copy of Friday’s edition.