Former Tift County High School Principal Arrested for Financial Misconduct

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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) has arrested and charged Chad Stone, 50, of Tifton, GA, with theft by taking and unauthorized use of a financial transaction card, along with misuse of government-issued cards. The Tifton Police Department requested the GBI’s assistance on February 6, 2024.

Investigations revealed that Stone, while serving as the Principal of Tift County High School, misused school credit cards and made unauthorized purchases. He tendered his resignation from his position on February 12, 2024, around 12 p.m.

Stone surrendered himself to the Tift County Jail on February 21, 2024.

This investigation is active and ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Tifton Police Department at 229-382-3132 or the GBI Regional Investigative Office in Sylvester at 229-777-2080. Anonymous tips can also be submitted by calling 1-800-597- TIPS (8477), online at, or by downloading the See Something, Send Something mobile app.  

Once the investigation is complete the case file will be given to the Tift County DA’s Office for prosecution.