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Former Forrest Co. sheriff’s chief deputy terminated

Former Forrest County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Charles Bolton has been officially terminated from office.

County Administrator Betty Carlisle told the Hattiesburg American Monday Bolton’s termination was effective Thursday, the day after Bolton and his wife, Linda Bolton, each were found guilty of five counts of filing false tax returns. Charles Bolton also was found guilty on four counts of tax evasion, all in connection to returns filed for tax years 2010-13.

After the indictment, the U.S. attorney’s office allowed Charles Bolton to stay on the job as chief deputy for the Forrest County Sheriff’s Department, but now that he has been convicted, that is no longer possible.

The Boltons will be sentenced Dec. 19.

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