Former Ga Commissioner Blames Arrest on Politics

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. (AP) -- A former Douglas County commissioner who's trying to rejoin the commission is blaming his arrest on politics.

Freddie Ashmon tells WSB-TV he was charged with forgery because it's election time.

Deputies deny that politics is involved.

Authorities say Ashmon convinced two county employees to alter his most recent pay stub to make it look like he was earning $10,000 less than his actual salary.

They say he was trying to lower his child support payments.

The workers notified supervisors after realizing something wasn't right.

That's when investigators were called in.

Sheriff's Lt. James Harrell says it's incredible Ashmon would do anything like having a pay stub altered since he's again running for county commission.

Ashmon previously served on the commission from 2006 until 2010.

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