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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.

Cannon was 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 location.

Cannon had 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.  

Terry Powell 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 elections.

 


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