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North Ga Tax Commissioner Arrested by GBI

The Fannin County Tax Commissioner has been arrested by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

The Fannin County Tax Commissioner has been arrested by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

63-year-old Shirley Sosebee of Blue Ridge was arrested on Thursday, March 5, 2020 following an investigation by the state law enforcement agency. The GBI was contacted by the Fannin County Sheriff’s Office in February 2020, in which the county law enforcement agency requested assistance in the investigation of Sosobee.

The Sheriff’s Office had received a complaint that Sosebee forged the victim’s signature on a deed to transfer title in effort to obtain the Fannin County property for use by her family. In a statement, the Sheriff’s Office said “The initial inquiry by the Fannin County Sheriff’s Office determined the complaint against the tax commissioner did not involve the operations of the tax commissioner’s office, but involved personal, family business.”

Sosobee was charged with Forgery in the First Degree and Violation of Oath by a Public Officer.

She was booked into the Fannin County Detention Center and a bond of $10,000 was set.

The investigation is open and ongoing. Anyone with additional information has been asked to contact the Georgia Bureau of Investigation

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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    March 9, 2020 at 12:54 pm


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