AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Augusta's Fire Marshal has been indicted on charges of extortion.
The FBI notified the Augusta Fire department of the investigation. Jason Beard is being charged with six counts of extortion in his capacity as Fire Marshall of Augusta, and one count of attempted extortion.
The indictment charges that rom June 20-14 through January 20-15, Beard threatened nightclub owners they had to pay him or he would enforce overcrowding ordinances.
Earlier today...Chief James with the Fire Department addressed this issue saying Beard's employment was submitted to the city of Augusta's Human Resources Director and the department is cooperating with the FBI with their investigation.
If found guilty on those seven counts...Beard could face up to 20 years in prison or a fine up to 250-thousand dollars for each count.