GBI finds no evidence that former Augusta city administrator violated law

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation determined there is no evidence that former Richmond County Administrator Fred Russell violated the law by deleting files from a county-owned computer.

Commissioner Marion Williams sent a letter to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office in February requesting an investigation into Russell. Williams accused Russell of deleting files from a county-owned computer hard driver prior to his 2013 termination.

In a letter to Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree, Williams said the disappearance of files is a violation of Georgia open records laws.

A full copy of Williams' letter can be found to the right of this story.

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office did not open an investigation, but forwarded the request to the GBI, Sgt. Shane McDaniel said.

The GBI conducted a preliminary investigation and determined that there was no evidence of a criminal violation of the law, according to a press release from the agency. The GBI has closed the matter administratively.

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