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Outgoing councilman indicted on attempted extortion charges

Just two days after voting to increase his own retirement benefits, long time city councilman Gary Lewis has been indicted on charges of attempted extortion.

The Statesboro Herald broke the story Thursday indicating that Lewis, 65, was indicted for attempting to obtain $2,500 from a local businessman in exchange for “official acts” pertaining to a local alcohol ordinance.

The case has been under investigation by the GBI for several months. If convicted, Lewis could serve 20 years in prison and face a $250,000 fine.

Jessica Szilagyi is a Statewide Contributor for She focuses primarily on state and local politics as well as issues in law enforcement. She has a background in Political Science with a focus in local government and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia. Jessica is a "Like It Or Not" contributor for Fox5 in Atlanta and has two blogs of her own: The Perspicacious Conservative and "Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers."

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