Clayton County Sheriff Kem Kimbrough
By Kathy Jefcoats
Clayton County Sheriff Kem Kimbrough has called for a state investigation into allegations that someone tampered with the process for his predecessor, Victor Hill, to post bond, so he can get out of jail.
"The sheriff's office has not made any threats against any bonding company," said Clayton County Sheriff's Lt. Brian Crisp. "Sheriff Kimbrough has asked GBI Director Vernon Keenan to investigate this issue, first thing this morning."
Former Clayton sheriff, Victor Keith Hill, 46, was indicted Wednesday on 37 counts of alleged wrongdoing during his tenure in office, 2005 to 2008. Hill lost a re-election bid to Kimbrough in 2008. Both men plan to run for the office this year.
Hill claims his prosecution is politically motivated and intended to derail his campaign against Kimbrough.
After the indictment was returned Wednesday afternoon, Hill was booked into the jail he once commanded, but was transferred to Gwinnett County to be housed until he posts a $50,000 bond. With state and county fees, the bond totals $62,500.
At 2 p.m., Thursday, Kimbrough said a request for an out-of-county bond from Colquitt County was made. "We provided the necessary information to assist them, but have not heard back," he said.
Kimbrough broke down Hill's bond as $4,000 for four counts of racketeering; $26,000 for 25 counts of theft by taking; $2,000 for two counts of making false statements; $3,000 for three counts of theft by taking; $7,500 for violation of oath of a public officer, and $7,500 for influencing a witness.
Bond can be posted as the entire amount in cash, which is refunded when the case is over, or by using a professional bonding company. There are five licensed bonding companies in Clayton County. They usually require the posting of a percentage of the bond.
The third way to make bond is by putting up property. A person with equity in property in Clayton County can use that property to post bond. An out-of-county bond can also be used in Clayton.
Kimbrough said there has been a lot of interest in Hill's bond.
"Since his incarceration, the jail has received several calls from individuals inquiring about making his bond," he said.
Kimbrough said anyone having a problem getting assistance with a bond should call Maj. Robert Sowell, at (678) 898-5402, or Capt. Smith at (678) 898-5413.