BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- The same day Brunswick City Commissioner James Brooks was arrested on charges he interfered with a murder investigation in Glynn County, he was indicted on racketeering in Camden County.
We got our hands on the indictment, which says Brooks used his political influence to make a little side cash. It claims the Commissioner promised to expunge the criminal records of at least two men, so they could get jobs with the Brunswick Police Department.
And it claims Brooks accepted money from at least two other men, in exchange for helping them get liquor licenses and other city permits.
His attorney Alan Tucker said, "He has to appear in the superior court of Camden County by 12:00pm on Monday to turn himself in on a RICO indictment. And then we'll try to work out a bond at that time. We may be able to, we may not be able to."
Many say Commissioner Brooks was on his way to becoming Brunswick's next mayor. But in light of these latest charges, his political path is uncertain.
A city official tells Action News Brooks has been suspended with pay, pending the of outcome of the investigation. A panel appointed by the Governor and attorney could choose a person to fill his position in the meantime.