Forsyth County Republican and State Senator, Michael Williams, has been accused of several different fraud crimes. Williams is known for waging a very controversial campaign for governor this year in Georgia.
He has declined to comment on the incident, but his former campaign manager has called this situation a “political witch hunt.”
Williams, according to reports, is making arrangements to turn himself in. The alleged crimes relate to an incident in May where Williams reported a burglary of his Gainesville office. He reported then that $300,000 worth of servers were taken from the building.
The indictment accuses Williams of insurance fraud, making false statements and false report of a crime.
As a Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyer, I will outline the offense of making a false report of a crime in our state.
False Report of a Crime in Georgia
False Report of a Crime in Georgia is defined by the Georgia Code as:
A person will be guilty of giving a false report of a crime when they willfully and knowingly give or cause a false report of a crime to be provided to any law enforcement office or agency. O.C.G.A. § 16-10-26.
If convicted of offering a false report of a crime in Georgia, the individual will be guilty of a misdemeanor. Misdemeanors come with a punishment of up to one year in prison, a fine up to $1,000, or both.
As you can see fraud crimes cover a multitude of categories. These types of crimes are highly technical and difficult to navigate without a Georgia Criminal Defense Attorney.