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GBI arrests city of White Police Chief and officer

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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested the City of White Police, Chief David King, 58, and Police Officer, Blake Scheff,26, on charges of false imprisonment under color of legal process, theft by extortion, and violation of oath by a public officer. 

GBI says that the arrests follow an investigation that was initiated by them in October of last year at the request of Bartow County District Attorney's Office. 

Additionally, search warrants were executed at the police department and city hall on January 21, 2016 by GBI and the FBI. 

King and Scheff are accused of arresting individuals on fabricated charges and reducing the criminal charges to a citation thereby collecting fines. These incidents occurred between December 2011 and April 2015. King and Scheff were booked into the Bartow County Jail and will be released on bond.

A full list of David King's charges are as follows:  

  • Count 1: False imprisonment under color of legal process: On 4/25/15 Lois Kitchens was arrested in Bartow County for cruelty to children in the 1st, a crime she did not commit. Chief King advised Officer Blake Scheff to swear out the warrant.
  • Count 2: False imprisonment under color of legal process: On 3/31/12 Brittny Brown was arrested in Bartow County for felony deposit account fraud, a crime that she did not commit.
  • Count 3: Theft by extortion: On 4/22/15 Chief King advised Officer Blake Scheff to speak with the Kitchens’ family about accepting a disorderly conduct citation instead of swearing out state warrants. Nigel Brett, Lois Kitchens’ husband, was told that the family could accept a disorderly conduct citation, pay $1,000 fine, and White PD would not pursue felony state warrants against Lois Kitchens for cruelty to children in the 1st.
  • Count 4: Theft by extortion: On 12/31/11 Brittny Brown was told that she could accept a disorderly conduct citation, pay $1,000 fine, and White PD would not pursue felony state charges against Brittny Brown.
  • Count 5: Violation of oath by public officer: Between the dates of December 2011 and April 2015 Chief King violated his oath of office when he committed theft by extortion and false imprisonment.

A full list of Blake Scheff's charges are as follows: 

  • Count 1: False imprisonment under color of legal process: On 4/25/15 Lois Kitchens was arrested in Bartow County for cruelty to children in the 1st, a crime she did not commit. Officer Scheff had sworn out the arrest warrant at Chief King’s request.
  • Count 2: Theft by extortion: On 4/22/15 Nigel Brett, Lois Kitchens’ husband, was told by Officer Scheff that the Kitchens could accept a disorderly conduct citation, pay $1,000 fine, and White PD would not pursue felony state warrants against Lois Kitchens for cruelty to children in the 1st.
  • Count 3: Violation of oath by public officer: On 4/22/15 Officer Scheff violated his oath of office when he committed theft by extortion and false imprisonment
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