A former lieutenant for Georgia’s Department of Juvenile Justice was given a five-year probation sentence last week after pleading guilty to theft-by-taking charges, the Savannah Morning News reports.
Jerry Byrd, 42, allegedly used a fueling card as many to make unauthorized gasoline purchases for a private vehicle. According to officials, Byrd also said that he used the fueling card to make gasoline purchases for drug dealers, with authorities stating that Byrd may have made gasoline purchases in exchange for cocaine.
In a press release issued by the Georgia Department of Law, DJJ investigators state that Byrd may have used the fueling card to make anywhere from 30-to-40 fraudulent gasoline purchases.
Additionally, a Chatham County Superior Court judge ordered Byrd to serve 200 community service hours, obtain treatment for substance abuse, and pay $1,000 in restitution to the state DJJ.
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