Former Augusta fire marshal sentenced in extortion case

Photo of former Augusta Fire Marshal Jason Beard, who is facing federal extortion charges.
Photo of former Augusta Fire Marshal Jason Beard, who is facing federal extortion charges.

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – A former Augusta fire marshal has been sentenced in a case involving federal extortion charges.

Jason Beard was sentenced Tuesday to the following:

  • 5 years in prison
  • $10,000 fine
  • $100 additional per count—total of 7 counts
  • 3 years of supervision after prison term to include curfew
  • Voluntarily surrender to federal authorities on June 30

Beard was found guilty of six counts of Extortion and one count of Attempted Extortion in Augusta’s Federal Court back in February.

Prosecutors said Beard took money from two Augusta night clubs by threatening to enforce fire regulations.

The Augusta Fire Department issued a statement in response to Beard’s sentencing:

The Augusta Fire Department has learned of the sentencing of former Fire Marshal Jason Beard. Throughout the investigation and trial, members of the Augusta Fire Department have cooperated with law enforcement and the court system to the best of their ability. Since then, the Augusta Fire Department has recovered from this chapter and moved forward to provide the best protection for the citizens of Richmond County.

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