Linn Jones, wife of former District Attorney Tim Madison, was sentenced in Banks County Superior Court Friday to 180 days in a women’s detention center on theft charges. She was also fined $500 and will have to perform 250 hours of community service.
Meanwhile, Madison has surrendered his Georgia Law License. The Georgia Supreme Court approved the voluntary surrender Monday. Madison moved to give up his license in February.
Jones sentencing last week effectively ends an extraordinary state investigation into the Piedmont Judicial Circuit DA’s office. Madison was sentenced earlier this year to six years in jail on theft charges and former ADA Brett Williams was fined on misdemeanor charges.
Jones was charged with having conspired to defraud the county government by submitting payroll hours for times when she didn’t work. Jones was on both the Jackson County and Banks County DA payrolls at the same time.
According to documents presented in court last week, Jones claimed that she was working at the same time evidence proved she was out of state.
Jones’ attorney said she “accepts full responsibility for her actions” and is “sorry for what she did.”
In her only comment to the court, Jones said, “I would like to tell the court I’m sorry, sir.”
The scandal surrounding the DA’s office was uncovered by The Jackson Herald in early 2007. A series of investigative stories were published in March 2007 questioning Madison’s handling of various government funds. Madison subsequently resigned as DA in June 2007 and was indicted in August 2007.
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