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Sumter County DA was under federal investigation at time of death

SUMTER COUNTY, Ga (WRBL) - According to a published report, the Sumter County District Attorney’s office has confirmed its chief prosecutor was under federal investigation at the time of his death earlier this month.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says District Attorney Plez Hardin's body was discovered on April 8th. 

According to our News 3’s media partner, the Ledger-Enquirer, in a news release, acting District Attorney Lewis Lamb said he met with federal authorities on April 9th, and they confirmed that Hardin was the subject of an investigation  

"My understanding is that Mr. Hardin, not the district attorney's office, was the subject of the investigation. No one else in this office had administrative access or control over the D.A's accounts at that time," Lamb said in the release. 

Authorities say Hardin, 48, shot himself as he sat in the driver’s seat of a pickup truck on East Allen Street in Leslie, located in southeastern Sumter County. 

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