Ricky E. Smith

Gordon County Superior Court Judge David K. Smith on Thursday revoked the bond of Gordon County Board of Education member Ricky E. Smith, 45, returning him to jail.

According to a motion filed by the District Attorney's office on Thursday, July 6, 2017, a new arrest of Smith on June 19, 2017 on charges of possession of Schedule IV and Schedule V controlled substances violated a bond from Aug. 16, 2016, which was granted on various felony charges Smith faced concerning financial transaction card theft, identity fraud, theft by taking, criminal trespass and influencing a witness.

Smith was originally arrested on Monday, Aug. 15, 2016  after a theft of currency and credit cards was reported from a private residence in the Red Bud community. The theft was reported on Aug. 12, 2016. Smith posted a $20,000 bond on the evening of Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016 and was released from jail.

According to court documents, sometime between Aug. 5 and Aug. 17, 2016, Smith took the wallet of Linda Joy Poole from a home in the Red Bud community, where he is accused of taking an American Express Blue Card, an American Express Green Card, a Macy’s credit card, a Kohl’s credit card, a Bank of America debit card and two Fidelity credit cards without Poole’s consent with the intent to fraudulently use the cards. The documents also state that Smith “did willfully and fraudulently possess with intent to fraudulently use” a State of Georgia Driver’s License and a Social Security Card, both belonging to Poole.

Smith was indicted in Gordon County Superior Court in March 2017 on 19 total counts including seven counts of financial transaction card theft, nine counts of identity fraud and a count each of theft by taking, criminal trespass and influencing a witness.

The newest arrest, according to the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office, happened early Monday morning, June 19, 2017, when Smith was booked into the Gordon County Jail after being pulled over for a minor traffic offense. The deputy who pulled Smith over ran a check of his driver’s license, which revealed the license was suspended. The arresting deputy, according to the GCSO, also found a container of what was believed to be Schedule IV and Schedule V prescription drugs in the car. Smith was arrested without incident.

Smith now also faces charges in the June arrest of felony possession of Schedule IV controlled substance, felony possession of Schedule V controlled substance, and misdemeanor charges of possession of Schedule IV controlled substance, driving while license suspended and obeying traffic control devices.

According to Andrew Garland with the District Attorney's office, a calendar call on the original charges stemming from the August 2016 arrest is set for Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017 in Gordon County Superior Court. Smith is expected to remain jailed until the next court date.