DeKalb County Police, during an automobile accident investigation on LaVista Road Wesnesday night involving DeKalb County Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton, learned that she has four outstanding warrants for writing bad checks in Gwinnett County from January, 2008. Interestingly, after learning that the warrants were active, DeKalb’s finest did not arrest her.
The four warrants all appear to involve bad checks written at a Costco in Duluth.
Court records show Sutton also had previous problems with bad checks. In 1996, she pleaded no contest in Gwinnett to writing bad checks to West Building Supply in Stone Mountain.
Sutton, who represents District 4, did not immediately return phone calls left at her office nor an email. She also did not show up at a commissioner’s meeting on Thursday.
A spokeswoman for the county said she could not comment for the commissioner.
[UPDATE @ 7:00 p.m.] Well, it appears that membership has its privileges. The warrants have been dismissed after the debt was paid.
Sutton said she paid Costco the outstanding money late Thursday and her attorney had the warrants dropped.
“We paid them all the money that is due,” Sutton said. “This is just very unfortunate and embarrassing. This is a reminder that we all need to pay very close attention to your banking transactions because this could happen to anyone.”
This isn’t a unfortunate situation. This is a situation that she knew had developed long ago (See O.C.G.A. 16-9-20 (a)). Would you like to guess often warrants like this are dismissed at the Magistrate level? ‘Rarely’ is the operative word.