Former Worth County official's case may go to grand jury

ALBANY, Ga. -- A felony case against a former Worth County commissioner could go to a Dougherty County Grand Jury as early as next week, District Attorney Greg Edwards says.

Tony Hall, 51, was arrested in April on a felony theft by conversion charge in connection with his duties as vice president and Albany area manager of Southwest Georgia Food Bank, Second Harvest.

Also charged with Hall was Gregory Jackson, 47, of Albany. Edwards said Hall posted bond on April 11.

According to an incident report by the Albany Police Department, the alleged actions which led to the arrests occurred in August 2011. Police said Hall and Jackson were arrested in connection with the mishandling of multiple pallets of facial tissue and quilted napkins valued at $45,000.

Police said the materials had been donated to Second Harvest by Procter and Gamble for relief efforts and natural disasters.

Edwards said he was unable to provide additional specifics of the ongoing investigation.

When asked to discuss the long period between the actual incident and the arrest, Edwards said, "It may have been alleged to have happened in August 2011, but may not have been discovered until much later."

"The statue of limitations begins to run when the crime is discovered and my notes show they were arrested in April of this year."