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

Friday, June 13, 2014 5:51 PM
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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. is accused of not paying nearly $200,000 in alimony.  SPECIAL
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James Timothy Shelnut Sr. is accused of not paying nearly $200,000 in alimony.

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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jmo
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jmo 06/13/14 - 07:16 pm
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Great story.....

What, who, where, why, etc............?

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 06/13/14 - 07:28 pm
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Being a
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donor for charles walker speaks volumes of shelnut's character or lack there of.

Darby
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Darby 06/13/14 - 10:11 pm
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The bigger

they are......

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 06/13/14 - 10:13 pm
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Behind those perfect white picket fences........
Unpublished

lurks the unhappiness, emptiness, broken families and infidelity of the elites....

Turtle
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Turtle 06/13/14 - 10:40 pm
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There's more

He used to own the News Times, which he sold to Morris several years ago. He also reneged on a promise to Augusta Prep to fund a large capital project when he didnt' like the way a situation was handled. How did he become a regent? - MONEY!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/14/14 - 04:30 am
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Why Only Mention Walker

Interesting that the only campaign ethics violation reported is the one involving Charles Walker when there were others Shelnut admitted to. Around the time of the Linda Schrenko trial he admitted passing excessive contributions to her via Sue Burmeister. He also admitted making excessive contributions ($10,000 I believe was the amount) to former Sheriff Ronnie Strength.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/14/14 - 04:39 am
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Should Have Done Pre-nup

Since this is apparently all about alimony, I bet he wishes he had done a pre-nuptial agreement. Heh.

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 06/14/14 - 09:37 am
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Another Donation

placed his name on one of the buildings in the Medical District - will that remain - sum was quite large from what I have read.

bright idea
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bright idea 06/14/14 - 10:12 am
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Nathan

might put him back on the BOR now. He's more than enough crooked.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/14/14 - 10:51 am
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The Donations

Shelnut did a lot of good around here. He was one of the richest men in the state at one time. He contributed to many good causes...and many candidates it appears. Heh.

The episode with Strength and the 10 K given to his campaign was intriguing. The feds were going to call Shelnut to testify at Schrenko's trial and he was cleaning up things with them. There was a small paragraph in the back of the Chronicle saying Shelnut also admitted to slipping the Strength campaign the 10 k. Phil Kent was guest hosting a radio show and brought it up on the air when most would have missed it. Strength denied getting the money. Later there was an administrative court hearing where Strength had to appear, but there was never a report of what transpired. I always faulted the Chronicle for not reporting what happened in that court or giving the story a proper importance. But Barry Paschal did do an editorial in the CCNT about it, including the allegations of the Strength campaign donations violations. To his credit, Strength did donate 10 k to charity a bit later.

IBeDogGone
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IBeDogGone 06/14/14 - 11:44 am
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WHICH WIFE

I think he has had several wives which one pulled the plug this time?

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Butterman 06/14/14 - 12:32 pm
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Former public official from Augusta

in Jail... what's new?

gargoyle
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gargoyle 06/14/14 - 04:12 pm
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200K is walking money to him

200K is walking money to him so this is quite odd. Don't remember him serving any elected office in Augusta.

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 06/14/14 - 04:23 pm
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Riverman1andOthers

Firstly, I have borrowed "TrulyWorried"'s user ID. These are my comments.
Secondly, Do you know who was Riverman? I doubt it. Now, I'll comment.
I know only too well Tim Shelnut. How dare you impune, by implication and facts unknown to you, the reputation of Ronnie Strength and the Treasurer for his campaign. Michael Roy Waters CPA

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Riverman1 06/14/14 - 07:56 pm
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@TrulyWorried Well Let's See About That

I think I accurately reported that Strength denied everything although it was never reported what happened in the administrative court proceedings. Hey, don't blame me. This is between Shelnut and Strength. This is a quote from the Columbia County News Times:

“Shelnut - who owned this paper 10 years ago - also says he gave more money than he should have to Richmond County Sheriff Ronnie Strength, who denies knowing about the alleged donations.”

http://newstimes.augusta.com/stories/2008/05/28/opi_449167.shtml

The following is from the Savannah Morning News online paper:

“According to documents released Thursday by the ethics commission, Shelnut admits to giving $10,000 to former state Rep. Sue Burmeister, R-Augusta, in July 2000, $2,000 more than he was allowed to contribute; $10,000 to Richmond County Sheriff Ronnie Strength sometime in the mid-1990s, $8,000 above the legal limit; and $12,260 to former state Sen. Charles Walker, D-Augusta, in 2004, an overage of $8,260.”

http://savannahnow.com/brandon-larrabee/2007-09-27/former-regents-chief-...

studmuffin1533
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studmuffin1533 06/16/14 - 09:36 pm
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Regent??

Since I went to Augusta College I may be a bit slow on the uptake here. This guy represents the group of folks who just renamed our colleges/universities after themselves?

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 06/16/14 - 09:57 pm
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Info for studmuffin

He served prior to the time the "SAVE THE A" fiasco started - without success, unfortunately.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/17/14 - 12:02 am
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Truly Worried, interesting

Truly Worried, interesting you didn't address my last comment.

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