The Georgia Bureau of Investigation executed a search warrant Friday at the Bulloch County Clerk of Courts office, spending the day gathering records and data in order to investigate allegations of "possible misappropriation of funds," said Micah Ward, GBI special agent-in charge of the Statesboro office.
The office, which is located in the Judicial Annex across from the county courthouse, was not closed, and business was conducted as usual as agents gathered what Ward said were "boxes and boxes" of records.
"It's hard to put a time frame (to the investigation)," Ward said. "There are multiple boxes to go through."
After receiving complaints from "concerned citizens," GBI agents consulted with Ogeechee Judicial Circuit District Attorney Richard Mallard before executing the search warrant, he said.
Teresa Tucker is Bulloch's current clerk of courts, though her name, nor any other, was mentioned as part of the investigation.
While he did not disclose details, he said the investigation was based on the information from citizens, and after speaking with Mallard, the GBI decided the allegations were "worth looking into."
Are the allegations serious enough to warrant arrests? "Maybe they will be, maybe they won't," he said.
Agents seized a great deal of documentation, and it will take a good bit of time for agents to go through all of the records, he said. There were no arrests Friday, and no suspects or persons of interest at this time, he said.
Agents arrived around 9:30 a.m. and stayed all day, but did not close the office because they "wanted to remain unobtrusive and not disrupt" the normal business proceedings, Ward said.
While the investigation involves only the GBI at this time, courtesy calls were made to the Bulloch County Sherff's Department and Statesboro Police Departments, Ward said.
Further details will be released later in the investigation if allegations are found to be true, he said.