THOMAS COUNTY, Ga. (WTXL) — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation, along with local law enforcement, have charged a Georgia man with six felony counts of exploitation and intimidation of disabled adults, elder persons, and residents.
The GBI was requested by the Brooks County Sheriff’s Office to initiate an investigation into multiple thefts of monies from an elderly couple in Brooks County.
During the investigation, GBI discovered thefts totaling more than $20,000 in Brooks, Thomas and Colquitt Counties dating back to November 2020. Agents expect that number to increase as they receive additional financial records related to the thefts from various businesses.
Agents secured arrest warrants in Brooks, Thomas, and Colquitt Counties charging 31-year-old Jeffrey Hires, with six counts of exploitation and intimidation of disabled adults, elder persons, and residents.
Hires has been charged with two counts each in Brooks, Colquitt and Thomas Counties of exploitation and intimidation of disabled adults, elderly persons.
Additional charges are expected to be presented at Grand Jury when presented in Brooks, Thomas, and Colquitt County at a later date.
Hires was arrested in Camden County, Georgia on unrelated, outstanding warrants, and later transported to the Brooks County Jail on January 27, 2021.
Hires was later transported to the Thomas County Jail to be served with arrest warrants, and then served with the Colquitt and Brooks County warrants after his release from Thomas County.
It is alleged that Hires was using the victims’ bank cards inappropriately at various locations in Brooks, Thomas, and Colquitt County.
This case is active and ongoing. Anyone with information on this case is asked and encouraged to call the GBI at 229-225-4090.