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Tough Questions for Clayton County jailer facing criminal charges

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CLAYTON COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

The indictment against Victor Hill charges him with 37 counts of criminal conduct ranging from theft by taking to violation of oath of office.

The most serious offense is racketeering, a violation of the RICO organized crime act.

The former sheriff was not the only person indicted in the case on Thursday.

Beatrice Powell, a former Clayton County jailer, also faces criminal charges.

Powell broke her silence only to CBS Atlanta.

Beatrice Powell is Victor Hill's supposed girlfriend who worked under him at the jail and allegedly took vacations with him on the county's dime.

On Thursday, she is expected to turn herself in to the same jail where she once worked, accused as an accomplice in the theft of county resources.

The 51-page indictment against Victor Hill outlines what prosecutors say is a pattern of corruption.

It alleges former Sheriff Victor Hill used county cars, gas, and money to pay for personal vacations across the southwest.

"I am going to turn myself in today," Powell said.

Beatrice Powell admits she was a companion on those trips.

Reporter Wendy Saltzman asked: "Were you romantically involved with Victor Hill?"

"Yeah but, we were still friends, what I considered to be friends," Powell said.

"When those trips took place how they were paid for?" Saltzman asked.

"I don't recall this stuff," Powell said.

Powell contends they were after Hill was out of office.

"Once he was out of office, we went to many places. But my thing is he was no longer in office so why should that be an issue?" she said.

But the indictment says Hill and Powell took those trips in the months after Hill lost the election, while he was still sheriff using his position to transfer county money into his personal account.

Powell insists she did nothing wrong.

"These charges, pertaining to me especially are all made up. They are not true," she said.

Today she showed us records showing she was out on sick leave.

"I had a whole bunch of tumors all over my stomach," she said. "I was out sick, having surgery."

But the indictment charged Powell with perjury and theft - allegedly Hill placed Powell on paid administrative leave so she could travel with Hill on those personal trips.

"I am not guilty of anything," she said.

Powell faces three counts of perjury and one count of theft by taking. She'll have to post $20,000 in bond to get out of jail.

She - like Victor Hill – said these charges are false, and a politically motivated by current sheriff Kem Kimbough.

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