SAVANNAH, GEORGIA MAY 2015
Former Chatham County Probate Court Chief Clerk, 61-year-old Kim Birge, is now under Federal indictment on charges of mail and Federal program fraud.
Birge is accused of stealing more than $700,000- from the Probate Court’s bank accounts by depositing fees and conservatorship into the Court’s account before writing checks payable to cash out of them. Birge is also accused of forging signatures of conservators or their attorneys to create false documentation of conservatorship money being spent or disbursed.
Birge is facing a maximum of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and 3 years of supervised release on each of the four mail fraud charges. The Federal program fraud carries a 10 year maximum sentence and same fine and supervised release as the mail fraud charges.