November 26, 2020

District Attorney issues statement on Chapman case

The following press release was issued tonight to HeardCitizen.com by Sarah Japour of the Heard County District Attorney’s office in regards to the case against Franklin Mayor Teresa Chapman:

Released Wednesday, June 26, 2013

In December, 2009, the District Attorney’s Office of the Coweta Judicial Circuit initiated an investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation into the conduct of Teresa Chapman, who was the Mayor of the City of Franklin at the time, with respect to her position as a sales representative for the American Family Life Assurance Company (Aflac).

The District Attorney’s Office is thankful for the tremendous work done by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation that led the investigation to Muscogee County, which is where the corporate headquarters for American Family Life Assurance Company (Aflac) are located.

We continued to assist and work together with Muscogee County to reach a negotiated resolution resulting in justice being served.

On June 24, 2013, Teresa Chapman pled to seven (7) counts of Theft by Deception and received 84 months of probation. Ms. Chapman is required to make restitution of $11,200.00 to American Family Life Assurance Company (Aflac) and perform fifty (50) hours of community service.

 In addition, Ms. Chapman, pursuant to a negotiated special condition of her probation, is required to resign from public office and not seek election for any public office for the entire 84 month term of her sentence.

We are grateful for the unified effort between our office and the Office of the District Attorney in Muscogee County.

Pete Skandalakis, District Attorney

Coweta Judicial Circuit

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