Augusta Fire Department Fire Marshal Indicted On Federal Extortion Charges

Photo of Chief Jason Beard, with the Augusta Fire Department, who is on paid leave pending an external investigation.
Photo of Augusta Fire Chief Chris James

***UPDATED at 4:52 P.M. on Friday, October 9th***

Augusta, GA – The Augusta Fire Department has now released a statement on Chief Jason Beard’s federal extortion indictments:

Read the text of the release below:

The Augusta Fire Department has been notified by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the indictment of Fire Marshal Jason Beard on the following charges:

Six (6) counts of Extortion in his capacity as Fire Marshal of Augusta, Georgia and

One (1) count of Attempted Extortion in his capacity as Fire Marshal of Augusta, Georgia.

Throughout this investigation, the Augusta Fire Department has worked diligently to provide its full cooperation with the FBI. Based on information presented to the Augusta Fire Department, a notice of proposed termination of Fire Marshal Jason Beard’s employment has been submitted to the city of Augusta’s Human Resources Director. Neither the investigation nor indictments have any effect on the Augusta Fire Department’s ability to perform services for the citizens of Richmond County.

The Augusta Fire Department’s employees will have no further comment on this matter.

View Jason Beard’s Federal Indictment

We will continue to follow this story and provide more information as it becomes available.


***POSTED at 4:45 P.M. on Friday, October 9th***

Augusta, GA – Augusta Fire Department officials held a press conference Friday afternoon concerning an investigation involving Chief Jason Beard.

We have now learned that Beard has been indicted on federal charges of extortion that stem from his job as Fire Marshal.

Back in August, Chief Jason Beard, of the Augusta Fire Department, was placed on paid leave pending an external investigation, according to the Augusta Law Department. The leave took effect on Tuesday, August 11th.

Chief Beard is the Fire Marshal for the Augusta Fire Department’s Fire Inspection Bureau.

No information has been released on the nature of the investigation, at this time.

We will continue to follow this story and provide more information as it becomes available.

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