Crawford County grand jurors have indicted former Chief Magistrate Andrea Peterman on two counts of theft and a charge alleging she violated her oath of office, according to an indictment filed Wednesday.
The indictment alleges Peterman illegally appropriated money for her own use both while she served as Crawford chief magistrate and while she was the countys Probate Court clerk prior to her election as chief magistrate in fall 2012.
The theft from Magistrate Court allegedly occurred between Feb. 1, 2013, and March 4, 2013. The Probate Court theft allegedly occurred between Feb. 1, 2012, and Feb. 29, 2012, according to the indictment.
GBI agents investigated the theft after allegations surfaced early in 2013.
Petermans lawyer, Michael Chidester, said he and Peterman are in active discussions and negotiations with the district attorneys office in an effort to resolve the case.
Peterman, 44, agreed to a voluntary suspension in the days after her March 4 arrest. She resigned from the position Oct. 1 as part of a consent order agreeing never to seek judicial office.
The governor appointed Richard Spencer to temporarily fill Petermans post in June.
The judicial circuits Superior Court judges appointed Spencer to serve in the job permanently earlier this month following Petermans resignation. He will serve until the next election in 2016.
Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report. To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.