BYRON -- A former assistant superintendent of operations for the Peach County school system and his son are accused of profiting from the sale of a salvaged school bus.
C.B. Mathis, 62, of Byron, and his son, Christopher B. Mathis, 31, of Macon, each were charged Friday with one count of theft by deception, a felony, said Gary Rothwell, special agent in charge of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s office in Perry.
The school bus was sold as scrap metal for $1,200 in October 2010, Rothwell said.
The GBI investigated at the request of the Peach County Sheriff’s Office, which asked the GBI to take the case because C.B. Mathis was a former public official. The sheriff’s office had received allegations related to Mathis that resulted in the investigation and subsequent charge against him and his son, Rothwell said.
Mathis retired Aug. 31, 2010, from the school system after more than 17 years.
Meanwhile, a separate case against Mathis in which he’s accused of stealing gas from the Peach County Bus Barn is pending, said Clif Woody, a Peach County assistant district attorney.
Mathis was arrested May 9 on one count of misdemeanor theft by taking, authorities said. Mathis is accused of stealing three to 20 gallons of gas from the school facility at 901 Tulip Drive on April 30, Fort Valley police said.
Mathis was employed by the Georgia Department of Education as an education facilities consultant from Oct. 1, 2010 to May 18, 2011, when he resigned without giving a reason.
Mathis could not be reached for comment Monday.
Information from The Telegraph’s archives was used in this report. To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.