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Man was paid $2,000 to get a non-citizen a Georgia driver’s license, warrant says

Solomon Edwards Jr.
Solomon Edwards Jr.

A former Georgia Department of Driver Services employee at the Warner Robins office was arrested Thursday on charges of computer forgery and bribery.

Solomon Edwards Jr., 39, of Warner Robins, is accused of using a DDS computer network to falsely enter an immigrant as a U.S. citizen, which resulted in the non-citizen being issued a Georgia driver’s license on June 2, according to an arrest warrant.

Additionally, Edwards was paid $2,000 the same day in exchange for providing the driver’s license, another warrant stated.

Edwards’ arrest and firing Thursday comes after an internal investigation into the alleged misconduct, according to a DDS news release. Edwards was a driver examiner at the Warner Robins Customer Service Center at 198 Carl Vinson Parkway.

Edwards was being held Thursday at the Houston County Detention Center in Perry on a $10,000 bond.

In July, Shelia G. Watkins, 68, of Warner Robins, pleaded guilty to submitting fraudulent information to the DDS electronically and providing DUI Risk Reduction Certifications in 2014 for two people who did not complete the class, according to the DDS and court documents. Watkins received monetary payment for the certifications, said Ryan English, who prosecuted the case.

Watkins owned United DUI driving school at the time and was not a DDS employee, according to the DDS.

She was sentenced to 20 years probation with the possibility of early termination in five years after pleading guilty to one count each of filing false documents and forgery and two counts false statements, all felonies, English said. She was also ordered to pay a $5,000 fine and complete 500 hours of community service.

Additionally, Watkins cannot be employed in a capacity of certifying documents to any government agency during her probationary period, English said.