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Hall County deputy charged with theft by deception, violating oath
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A former Hall County Sheriff’s Office deputy is accused of violating his oath of office by “taking compensation other than his lawful fees,” according to a grand jury indictment.

Ricky Edwin Nix, of Lula, was charged with two counts of violation of oath of office and one count of theft by deception in a Nov. 30 indictment.

According to the indictment, Nix is accused of working off-duty, secondary jobs at Oakwood’s Arrow Auto Auction and Blackshear Place Baptist Church “while documenting hours on his Hall County Sheriff’s Office time sheet indicating he was working for Hall County Sheriff’s Office during those times.”

Hall County spokeswoman Katie Crumley deferred comment to the sheriff’s office.

Lt. Scott Ware said Nix resigned in 2015 “while the subject of an internal affairs investigation.”

“The investigation centered on numerous discrepancies with his timekeeping,” Ware said.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was asked to investigate and then present the case to the Hall County District Attorney’s Office.

No attorney was listed for Nix in the Hall County Comprehensive Justice Information System, and Nix did not return a call for comment Wednesday.

The indictment lists 23 different dates for the off-duty jobs between January 2015 and November 2015. The exact amount of money was undisclosed.

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