Authorities on Friday arrested former Floyd County deputy court clerk Connie Nadine May and judge’s secretary Carol Corbin in connection with an investigation into the possible doctoring of court records.
May, 51, is accused of illegally altering the records of two defendants, backdating the sentence dispositions of two men by three days. Corbin, 55, then lied about the documents. Both lied days later to a Rome police investigator about the records, their indictment states.
May allegedly failed to immediately process court records, which resulted in the delayed release of two inmates, Floyd County Superior Court Clerk Barbara Penson said.
Indicted and arrested Friday, both women were released on their own recognizance.
May is charged with two counts of public record fraud and one count each of making false statements and violating her oath as a public officer.
Corbin, a secretary for Chief Judge Walter Matthews, is charged with four counts of making false statements.
According to the indictment:
May on March 10 stamped two final disposition records “Release to Sheriff’s Office” and backdated the stamp March 7, 2014.
Corbin on March 10 lied to two Floyd County sheriff’s deputies that one of May’s records was stamped on March 7, knowing her statement was false. She also gave the false document to a deputy.
Both women lied four days later to a Rome police investigator about one of the records.
The Rome News-Tribune two weeks ago first reported the investigation into May and Corbin.
May lost her job days after the investigation began. Corbin was placed on administrative leave with pay.
Corbin was hired in July 1988. She was placed on administrative leave on March 19. She makes $40,601.34.
May was hired in January 2013. She lost her job March 21. Her salary was $23,022.48, according to the Floyd County Human Resources Department.
May opted against appealing her termination in a May 20 letter to County Attorney Tommy Manning, citing what May’s attorney Wade C. Hoyt III called “impending criminal charges.”
Prosecutors from the Cobb Judicial Circuit are handling the case.