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Douglas commissioner indicted on multiple felonies

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Douglas City Commissioner Olivia Pearson DouglasNow.com file photo Douglas City Commissioner Olivia Pearson

Douglas City Commissioner Olivia Pearson, along with three other local residents, faces numerous felony charges following an indictment handed down this week by a Coffee County grand jury.

Pearson's indictment, filed Wednesday in Coffee County Superior Court, stems from an investigation into her participation in alleged voter fraud activities that occurred during the 2012 general election cycle. She is charged with two counts of improper assistance in casting a ballot and two counts of false swearing, all felonies.

The first two counts accuse Pearson of illegally assisting voters who were not physically disabled or illiterate on Oct. 15 and 16, 2012. The indictment goes on to state that Pearson made false statements when she "swore or affirmed" the same two voters were entitled to receive assistance due to their disabilities.

Officials with the district attorney's office state a warrant will be issued for Pearson's arrest. She will be booked into jail, processed, and must produce bond before being freed.

Other Coffee County residents facing similar charges following the grand jury's indictment include:

* Charlie Mack Wooten, III - Two counts of improper assistance in casting a ballot, two counts of false swearing

* Evelyn Griffin - One count of improper assistance in casting a ballot, one count of false swearing

* James Curtis Hicks - Four counts of improper assistance in casting a ballot, four counts of false swearing

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