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GBI Arrest Local Contractor, Once Cleared of Murder, on Bribery Charges

6:12 PM 9/21/2022 – Please note the article has been updated with more information from the GBI, scroll to the end for the update.

Booking Records for the Coweta County Jail show that Richard Jason Veitch, a well-known local contractor, was arrested and booked by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation on 2 Felony Counts of Bribery.

Each of the 2 counts comes with a $4,000 bond amount. At the time of writing, Mr. Veitch remains in the Coweta County Jail.

We’ve reached out to the GBI for more information in regards to the investigation that lead to the arrest and will share that information as soon as we recieve it.

Richard Jason Veitch Booking Photo
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Veitch Found Not Guilty in 2008 Shooting of Gaston Gonzalez

According to Court Records Veitch was charged with Murder and other related charges for the June 2008 shooting death of Gaston Del-Angel Gonzalez. Veitch, who at the time was in the process of constructing 8 houses in a new housing development had been the victim of thieves in the time period leading to the shooting. 

According to an article from The Citizen in 2009:

The incident occurred just before 1 a.m. at a 55 Trammell Road home construction site near Grantville. Gonzales was shot at point-blank range below the neck with a 12-gauge shotgun by Veitch, owner of J. Veitch Construction, according to Coweta Sheriff’s Capt. Tony Grant at the time of the incident. Veitch told officers he did not recognize Gonzales as someone doing work on his property, Grant said.

Gonzales and two co-workers subcontracting for Senoia Drywall had been working at the residence next door earlier in the day, said Grant. Senoia Drywall was doing work for Veitch at both locations, said Grant. The men finished their work and decided to get something to eat and return to the area to spend the night in their van rather than driving back to Gwinnett County.

Veitch had positioned himself in a nearby wooded area, armed with the shotgun and a .22-caliber handgun, said Grant. Veitch had previously told officers some of his work sites had been the subject of copper thefts.

Grant said Veitch called 911 from the woods, informing dispatchers that he was being robbed. He then called his father-in-law, who arrived minutes later at the residence. Veitch left the wooded area and approached the parked van, firing a warning shot in the air then ordering the men out of the van, Grant said. It was at that time that Veitch’s father-in-law arrived at the site, he said.

Veitch told the men to lay on the ground with their hands behind them, said Grant. While on the ground two of the men placed their hands behind them but Gonzales did not, Grant said, presumably because he did not understand the orders in English. Grant said one of the victims told officers he attempted to explain the order in Spanish but could not be heard because Veitch was yelling loudly.

Grant said Veitch was trying to get Gonzales to comply by jabbing him in the upper portion of his back just below his neck. Veitch told officers he jabbed Gonzales twice when the gun fired, fatally striking Gonzales, said Grant.

Veitch would maintain the the shotgun had gone off by accident and that the shooting was unintentional, the Jury at his 2009 Murder trial would agree, finding him not guilty on all 5 counts that he’d been charged with.

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GBI Press Release

Newnan, GA (September 21, 2022) – Richard Jason Veitch, age 42, of Moreland, GA, has been arrested and charged with two counts of felony bribery. He was booked in the Coweta County Jail.

On August 12, 2020, the GBI was requested by the Coweta County District Attorney’s office to investigate anonymous cash payments received by Coweta County officials that were believed to come from Richard Jason Veitch, a local developer. It was discovered that two employees with the Coweta County Community Development each received, over the previous few years, numerous envelopes mailed to their homes that contained letters of thanks for their service and various amounts of cash totaling approximately $9,600.00. It was not until the two employees each received a cash-filled envelope that referenced Percy Springs, a development by Veitch, that they suspected Veitch as the source of the money. At that time, they made a report to authorities. The investigation led agents to believe that the handwriting on the envelopes and enclosed notes matched Veitch’s handwriting from known documents submitted to the Community Development office.  

This investigation is ongoing and will be turned over to the Coweta Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office for prosecution. Anyone with information regarding this investigation may contact the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Columbus Field Office at (706) 565-7888. Tips can also be submitted anonymously by calling 1-800-597-TIPS(8477), online at https://gbi.georgia.gov/submit-tips-online, or by downloading the See Something, Send Something mobile app.

 

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