Former Richmond Co. coroner indicted on federal charges

Former Richmond Co. coroner indicted on federal charges

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - A federal grand jury indicted former Richmond County Coroner Grover Tuten earlier this week, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia.

Tuten, 72, faces a federal charge of fraudulently using a debit card without authorization. The attorney's office said Tuten repeatedly used a deceased person's debit card and received cash payments. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

He is also facing a count of aggravated identity theft. If convicted of that charge, he would receive an additional two-year prison sentence to be served consecutive to any other sentence imposed.

The former coroner already faces state charges of theft by taking and violation of oath by a public officer and is being prosecuted by the District Attorney's Office for the Augusta Judicial Circuit.

Tuten was arrested by FBI agents in December 2013. He resigned from his position as Richmond County coroner in February 2014.

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