Athens, Georgia – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has charged a woman with theft from an organization that promotes ethical standards for law enforcement, courts and local tax commissions.
The GBI has arrested 42-year-old Melissa Branyon Tolbert. Melissa Branyon Tolbert was a former director of the Georgia Association of Constitutional Enforcers. She faces her five counts of felony theft by taking. A source told FOX 5 Atlanta that she was accused of taking about $100,000 from COAG.
According to the GBI, COAG officials reported that Tolbert made multiple “unauthorized” transactions while working for COAG from May 2018 to June 2022.
COAG President Cindy Cannon said on Sept. 27, “COAG learned of the arrest of Melissa Tolbert today and was arrested on five counts of theft.” , due to ongoing investigations, details cannot be discussed. “
The GBI and COAG have asked anyone with information to contact GBI investigators at 706-552-2309.
The COAG’s purpose is to serve as a unified voice for Georgia’s “constitutional officials.” Georgia county constitutional officials include senior court clerks, probate court judges, sheriffs, and tax commissioners.
Cindy Cannon, the current White County Tax Commissioner, serves as COAG’s president. Harris County Superior Court Clerk Stacey K. Haralson is the next president.