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GBI: Cairo Chief of Police used city account to buy property for friends

Posted at 4:46 PM, Dec 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-03 17:15:31-05

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has arrested Cairo Chief of Police Keith Sandefur after investigators say he purchased property and charged it to the city's account.

On Tuesday, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested Cairo Chief of Police Keith Sandefur for two counts of theft by conversion.

On Sept. 12, 2019, District Attorney Joe Mulholland asked the GBI to look into information about possible criminal activity by Chief Keith Sandefur. During the investigation, they discovered that Sandefur allegedly purchased property and charged it to the City of Cairo.

The property was then given to friends of Sandefur. That property has since been recovered by the GBI.

Cairo Mayor Booker Gainor sent the following statement to ABC 27:

On behalf of the City of Cairo , I am saddened to learn of the recent arrest of our Chief of Police. Chief Keith Sandefur is a well respected individual throughout our community and has been employed with the city of Cairo for 39 years and Chief of Police for 24 years.

The City of Cairo does not take these allegations lightly and is fully cooperating with the investigation led by the GBI. At this time I yield questions regarding the current chargers to the GBI.

We thank you for your patience and cooperation at this time.

This case is active and ongoing. Once completed, the case file will be turned over to DA Mulholland for his review.

Anyone with information is asked to call the GBI at 229-225-4090.