As Pete mentioned earlier this month, Kathy Harvey a candidate for Mayor in Conyers was charged with several felonies. Yesterday she plead guilty to theft by conversion.
According to Assistant District Attorney Anne Kurtz, Harvey was sentenced to five years probation and a fine of $1,000 plus surcharges.
“She was ordered to pay restitution for the full amount that was at issue in the case,” Kurtz said. “It was a little over $6,000, and the judge did grant her first-offender status.”
According to Kurtz, “When you have been granted first-offender treatment, you can still say that you have never been convicted of a felony.
“Technically, for the five years she will be considered a first-offender probationer,” Kurtz said.
If Harvey completes her sentence as mandated by the court, the felony will not appear on her record.
The Georgia Secretary of State’s office could not be reached for comment Monday on whether Harvey would remain eligible to seek elective office as a first-offender probationer. Harvey could not be reached for comment Monday afternoon.
Harvey was scheduled to go to trial before Judge Horace Johnson Monday on charges of forgery and theft by conversion but entered a guilty plea to the theft by conversion charge instead.
According to court documents obtained by the Citizen, Harvey allegedly cashed an insurance check for $6,060.44 received as payment to a business doing carpeting work in her Newton County home on July 21, 2004.
A warrant was issued for Harvey’s arrest two months later. Court papers indicated Harvey entered a not guilty plea in court on Jan. 11, 2006. However, after that Newton County authorities could not locate her. The case was moved to the court’s dead docket on July 28, 2007.
Since then, authorities were able to locate Harvey and her case was reactivated and placed on the trial calendar.
Sounds to me like she’d make a fine Mayor. Maybe the good people of Conyers will see fit to elect her next Tuesday.