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.