Former Paulding official accuses commissioner of involvement in extortion attempt

A former Paulding County administrator who said he was the victim of an extortion attempt is accusing a Paulding County commissioner of being involved in the crime.

The stunning accusation came after the FOX 5 I-Team learned former administrator Mike Jones used tax dollars to run a background check on the county commissioner.

Commissioner Todd Pownall called the accusations “crazy” and an attempt by Mike Jones to cover his use of tax dollars to fund improper background checks on citizens.

Sheriff Gary Gulledge’s spokesperson said they are not investigating the commissioner and didn’t take Mr. Jones’ claims seriously.

Senior FOX 5 I-Team Reporter Dale Russell has the latest.

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