Rankin Theft Charges

The former head of the Franklin County Senior Citizens Council has been arrested after an investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Forty-five-year-old Cherry L. Rankin turned herself in to the Franklin County Jail at Eastpoint and then was released on her own recognizance after being booked on grand theft charges.

The charges stem from allegations that Rankin used a council credit card and cashed checks on the council’s bank account for personal use.

An audit showed more than 50 unauthorized credit card charges totaling more than $5,000 for such purchases as clothing, nail care and dining.