By: Robin Ford Wallace, Reporter
Among the local
criminal matters that did not make it to trial during the fall session of the
Dade Superior Court was an insurance fraud case pending against a former
Trenton city commissioner. Erstwhile Parks and Recreation Commissioner Chuck
Cannon avoided his date with judge and jury by pleading guilty on Oct. 10 to
one count of insurance fraud.
A second count,
one of making false statements and concealing evidence, was dropped as part of
the negotiated plea agreement.
sentenced to five years’ probation and ordered to pay fines and court costs
totaling $1,537.50 plus restitution of $6,773.87.
The charges stemmed from a claim for damages
Cannon made to Alfa Insurance following an Aug. 29, 2012, accident involving
Cannon’s 2004 Dodge Durango. The arrest warrant issued in March of this year
said that Cannon had described the incident as a hit-and-run at a Pilot gas
station, but that subsequent inquiries by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation
showed the vehicle had actually been wrecked by Cannon’s son at another
resigned from the Trenton City Commission in January, prior to his arrest in
March, giving as his reason for doing so his move outside the county and indeed
outside the state following his divorce.
But in the
months leading up to the divorce and resignation, Cannon’s domestic situation
had brought him unwelcome attention from police and press, beginning with his
August 2011 arrest for battery after his fistfight with a friend.
was appointed in March to finish Cannon’s unexpired term. That term was up this
year, and Powell won his bid for a term of his own in Trenton’s Nov. 5 city