Woman alleges she was promised car for votes

Tuesday, Aug 28, 2012 4:17 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012 12:53 AM
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The Georgia secretary of state’s office is investigating an allegation of vote-buying in the Democratic runoff for Richmond County sheriff.

Sheriff Ronnie Strength said his investigators forwarded information Tuesday to the secretary of state after a preliminary investigation into a complaint made by a 23-year-old Augusta woman against a person campaigning for school public safety Lt. Richard Roundtree.

The woman, Latasha Moore, said she was at a Round­tree campaign event Aug. 18 at the Dogwood Ter­race public housing area and was approached by Jerry Lee Jordan, according to a sheriff’s report.

Moore said Jordan promised her a car if she could persuade four other people to vote for Roundtree in the Aug. 21 runoff between him and sheriff’s Capt. Scott Peebles.

Moore told police she encouraged several people to vote for Roundtree and “obtained election certificates from the poll workers” to prove they had voted. Moore said that when she was finally able to make contact with Jordan, she was told she wouldn’t get a car “because the candidate had lost by 1,000 votes,” the report said.

The sheriff said Moore complained to police that she didn’t receive the car that was promised.

Strength said investigators sent the case to the secretary of state’s office for further investigation.

Jared Thomas, a spokesman for Secretary of State Brian Kemp, confirmed that the information had been received Tuesday and an investigation had been opened.

Roundtree said he was not familiar with the allegation and that he wanted to read the police report before commenting further.

Reached by phone Tues­day, Moore said she was upset that the media was calling her and “knocking on my door.”

She said she didn’t want her name used in a police report and would not cooperate with any investigation.

“I told the sheriff that when I gave him all those papers,” she said. “I ain’t going to do it.”

Moore refused to say more and hung up. She did not return messages left on her voice mail seeking further comment.

Jordan’s wife, Cushena Jordan, said her husband had surgery Tuesday and wasn’t able to speak. She said she knew Moore as a customer of her business, U Wanna Ride Used Cars on Deans Bridge Road.

Jordan said the allegations were false and that she and her husband had asked everyone at the event to bring people they knew to the polls to vote for Roundtree. She said that when Moore said she didn’t have a car, her husband said to “get a down payment and come see me,” not that he would give her a car for votes.

“Anybody who knows my husband knows he don’t give away nothing,” she said.

Jordan said she has consulted with a lawyer and intends to file a complaint against Moore for slander.

She said she was upset that the report had been sent to the secretary of state when no sheriff’s investigators had spoken with her husband.

“Nobody has talked to us about it before tonight,” she said.

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Dixieman 08/29/12 - 10:42 pm

Ortiglo watana hoobint, arl quando del fleent!

nocnoc 02/20/13 - 02:21 pm


fishman960 08/30/12 - 10:44 am

I have an acct, but I rarely use it. I'll have to check it out.

Also, I am not ready to dismiss the allegations as frivolous.

rcandrews 08/30/12 - 12:41 pm
The Rub is Simple

Everyone running is for community policing save Sanders and nor am I.

I want my cops like I get my firefighters; when I need them I’ll call them.

The comment about the “big defeat” is more race baiting nonsense, if Roundtree had been against community policing he’d had gotten my “white” vote.

And just so we are clear on this, this isn’t an all run white city so enough with the race profiteering.

I loathe that equally as I do the war profiteering.

In regards to the “not voting issue” people have the right to not vote just as much as they have the right to exercise their right to vote.

Abstention has its place in politics whether you want to accept that or not. We don’t hire these people to vote or not vote we hire them to serve and protect us and that doesn’t require banging on doors and meddling in personal affairs.

It is one thing for our policemen and women to cruise our neighborhoods; it is another thing entirely for them to go knocking on doors under the guise of working with us.

They are servants, they should come as fast as they can when they are ordered to do so.

The Second Amendment will protect until they get here if that is the emergency. If you have chosen to defend your property with a broom handle don’t blame the cops.

A vote for community policing is nothing more than a vote for The Nanny State so many of you seem to be addicted to.

fishman960 08/30/12 - 12:54 pm
Sanders for Sheriff

Yea, I wanted Scott and if somehow he was still in it I would still want Scott.
Now my clear choice is Freddie Sanders!

TuffGong 08/30/12 - 03:01 pm
I have been very entertained

I have been very entertained and greatly informed since reading all these personal comments following all these articles about this sheriffs race here on the AC website!! It's def opened my eyes to how close minded people can be...the reality is im sure dirt or something negative can be found or said about Peebles, Roundtree, and Sanders...some of that dirt or negatives can be easily overlooked than others...

The most important thing that should be paid attention to in this race is which candidate will better serve the whole community!! Obviously the one many considered to be the favorite (Peebles) is out of the running so it's down to Tree and Sanders! I feel many people who supported Peebles are now supporting Sanders including Sheriff Strength and rightfully so....it has nothing to do with Race or the Good Ol Boy system that many are suggesting...these people are looking at the qualifications and experience to make their decision...I'm just hoping that the majority of voters look at it with that perspective... and they vote for the better man for this job!

fishman960 08/30/12 - 06:23 pm

Funny stuff, I agree. I feel strongly about my candidate (losing) and now I feel strongly about my #2 candidate. We all have our convictions as to why our guy is the best.
As Riverman told me "Vote your heart. That's all anyone can ask".

rcandrews 09/01/12 - 01:01 am
I don't get it

Why would anyone want ANY brand of community policing?

There is no scientific data or otherwise that supports it doing anything to reduce crime, mainly because there are so many brands of it, nonetheless.

Also this city can't afford it, period.

If you want to stop crime, raise your children to respect other people and their property or just don't have any if that is too daunting of a task.

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