Augusta, GA (WJBF) – We have learned that former Augusta Fire Marshal Jason Baron Beard may be facing more charges in his federal extortion case.
Beard is facing 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.
Beard was indicted on October 8th. He was later fired from the Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department, and we learned, on October 22nd, that he had asked for a first-level review by Augusta’s Human Resources Department of his termination.
At Beard’s October 29th bond hearing, he was granted bond of $1,500, after entering a not guilty plea. U.S. Magistrate Judge Brian K. Epps also placed conditions on Beard’s bond.
U.S. Attorney Edward J. Tarver issued a release Tuesday afternoon outlining that his office intends to “offer proof of other crimes, wrongs, and acts on all the parties in this case”. According to the release, new possible extortion charges may be filed based on further evidence in the case.
We will continue to follow this case and provide the latest information as it becomes available.