Former University System of Georgia regent Tim Shelnut held in contempt of court

James Timothy Shelnut Sr. is accused of not paying nearly $200,000 in alimony.

 

A former University System of Georgia regent from Augusta was arrested Friday on charges of contempt of court, Richmond County jail records show.

James Timothy Shelnut Sr., 66, served as the board’s chairman from 2005 through 2006, according to The Augusta Chronicle archives. He was booked into the Charles B. Webster Detention Center on a charge of civil contempt of court and is being held without bond.

Judge David Ro­per, who presided over the hear­ing Friday, said Shel­nut failed to pay $199,675 in alimony and has been ordered to make the payments in order to be released.

This isn’t the first time Shelnut has landed in hot water.

According to Chronicle archives, Shelnut, who left the Board of Regents in 2007, was fined $40,000 in 2008 for violating state ethics laws for making excess political campaign donations from the mid-1990s to 2004, including giving $12,260 to former state Sen. Charles Walker, D-Augusta.

The fine was the largest civil penalty the state ethics commission
had ever assessed against an individual.

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