GEORGIA – According to the statement, Carswell’s indictment last December on one count of identity fraud, one count of theft by taking, one count of theft by deception and one count of forgery in the second degree.
All the charges are from his arrest last year in Statesboro.
Waynesboro Mayor will be suspended until final disposition of the case or until his term expires.
On May 17, Carswell announced at a city council meeting that he was taking a leave of absence to deal with personal and legal issues.
“It is with deep regret and mixed emotions that I come to you today that I’m going to take a leave of absence.”
“In the best interest of the city and of the citizens and for my family, I need to take a leave of absence to make sure that I’m there for them.”
He had turned himself in last July after being contacted by the Statesboro Police Department and was released on a $10,000 bond.
Carswell is accused of taking $11,920 from Check Into Cash, where he was employed, by fraudulently refinancing a title pawn account and creating a fictitious title pawn account.