PICKENS COUNTY, Ga. – Jan. 12, 2018: Following an October search warrant of the Ruth
House in Ranger, Georgia, Greg and Detra Mason have been charged with felony theft by
Original complaints of mismanagement of funds led to the investigation into the handling of the local
ministry for women with substance abuse issues. After a search warrant was executed on the
property, boxes of receipts and financial documents were gathered and have been studied
extensively. Following the review of documents covering a recent period of time, Pickens Sheriff’s Office detectives
presented the evidence to a judge and were able to obtain arrest warrants for both Greg and Detra
Mason. The warrant was issued for theft by conversion, a felony in the state of Georgia.
The Masons willingly turned themselves into the Pickens County Adult Detention Center on Jan. 2 and were
booked for the charges. On the same date, both were able to post the $10,000 bond that had been
set for each.
Captain April Killian with the Pickens Sheriff’s Office stated that the investigation is still continuing
as additional documents are being reviewed, but sufficient probable cause was found at the time to
warrant the arrest. “After digging through the past year of documents, we have been able to identify
over $26,000 that had been converted from Ruth House funds to their own personal use,” Killian stated.
Killian added, “We still have a lot of documents to review and additional charges could be found
as the investigation continues.”
Pickens County Deputies assisted the Georgia State Patrol in a fatality accident investigation on Dry Pond Road in Ranger Georgia on April 21st at approximately 3 – 3:30 pm. The accident was a hit and run.
The State Patrol sought the public’s assistance in locating Ms Shanda Sperin. Ms Sperin was wanted for questioning regarding the accident. She was was seen driving a Gray Ford Ranger truck which most likely had damage to the front end and bumper. Authorities were asking anyone with information on where she could be located to please contact 911.
Later on Thursday evening, approximately 6:30pm Ms Sperin and the vehicle were located. Deputies working with the Georgia State Patrol were able to safely pick her up.
No additional details are being provided at this time regarding the victim or the accident.