A former University System of Georgia regent and former owner of The Columbia County News-Times was jailed Friday on charges of failure to pay alimony.
James Timothy “Tim” Shelnut Sr., 66, served as the board’s chairman from 2005 through 2006 and owned The News-Times from 1996-98.
He was arrested Friday and was being held in the Richmond County jail on Monday without bond, according to jail records.
Judge David Roper, who presided over the hearing Friday, said Shelnut failed to pay $199,675 in alimony and has been ordered to make the payments in order to be released.
This isn’t the first time Shelnut has landed in hot water.
According to Augusta Chronicle archives, Shelnut, who left the Board of Regents in 2007, was fined $40,000 in 2008 for violating state ethics laws for making excess political campaign donations from the mid-1990s to 2004, including giving $12,260 to former state Sen. Charles Walker, D-Augusta.
The fine was the largest civil penalty the state ethics commission had ever assessed against an individual.