Councilman surrenders on racketeering, false statements charges

The Marietta city councilman accused of racketeering and making false statements surrendered Monday and was booked into the Cobb County jail.

Anthony Calvin Coleman, 56, is accused of helping a friend falsify information regarding community service hours ordered as a sentence for reckless driving. A grand jury indicted Coleman last week on one count of racketeering and three counts of making false statements, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported.

The woman Coleman allegedly helped, Terry Jones Mays, was also indicted on the same charges. Monday night, Mays also surrendered and was booked into jail. She was released late Monday.

In September 2012, Mays was arrested and charged with DUI, open container of alcohol, hit-and-run-improper lane change and following too close, the indictment states. The following August, she pleaded guilty to reckless driving and was sentenced to 100 hours of community service, in addition to court fines.

Coleman allegedly requested a local pastor write letters on Mays’ behalf stating that she had completed her community service hours when she had not, according to the indictment.

Coleman, who began his first term on the council in 2002, was arrested Monday afternoon and was released about an hour later after posting $1,000 bond, booking records showed. The Cobb County DA’s office said Friday that bond was expected to be $100,000 for Coleman. Mays posted $1,000 bond late Monday, according to booking records.