According to a news release sent to 41 NBC from the U.S. Attorney's Office, Warner Robins City Councilman John Williams was arrested Tuesday and charged for getting money from a sale of a vehicle to the Warner Robins Police Department.
If convicted, Williams could face more than 40 years in prison and more than $750,000 in fines.
He now faces three counts: extortion, making false statements to the FBI, and tampering with a witness.
"My office is committed to fighting criminal activity wherever it is found, whether that be on the city streets or in the city hall," said U.S. Attorney Michael Moore today in a statement to 41NBC news.
Councilman Bob Wilbanks says Williams is no stranger to controversy.
"He has been able to skirt and dodge some of these accusations that have come up."
Council member, Paul Shealy says, Williams' past actions do not compare to the allegations that came out of this recent, secretive investigation.
"We were shocked, and I know this was a serious accusation on the government's part against Mr. Williams."
"FBI doesn't go to federal court and seek an indictment if there's nothing there. I don't know if he's guilty or innocent, that's what you have trials for," says Wilbanks.
Councilman Wilbanks confirms Williams was released on bond. He also tells 41 NBC he spoke with Williams yesterday who says a trial date has been set for a prior incident that happened in June of last year. The date is set for November 7th. Williams faces felony charges for making false statements to police when he claimed his city issued cell phone was stolen.