Tax Commissioner Patty Sikes has spoken out regarding the current theft of funds investigation that has impacted her office.

“The Tax Commissioner’s Office has cooperated fully and intends to cooperate with the investigation into the of funds from the office.

“The office’s staff have been interviewed by law enforcement and have voluntarily submitted to polygraph tests. All the employees of the Tax Commissioner’s office have passed their polygraph tests and were determined not to be deceptive in any way. 

“I continue to hope for a resolution to this issue and for the guilty party to be discovered and prosecuted to the fullest extent permitted by law,” Sikes said in a statement to Metter Advertiser dated Sept. 17.

An investigation was called after a bank bag containing an undisclosed amount of money was reportedly stolen from the Tax Commissioner’s office on Thursday, Aug. 6.

Candler County Sheriff’s Office was notified and the case was turned over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

When asked on Monday for an update on the case, Sheriff John Miles responded by saying, “The investigation is active and ongoing. We requested the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to investigate the incident. We have no further comment in order to protect the integrity of the investigation. We do ask that if anyone has any information on this incident to contact the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (912-871-1121).”

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