Simpson released on bond
Former Cleveland car dealer Mitch Simpson was released on bond on Monday, May 6.
A $75,000 bond was set for Simpson, 51, on Monday, May 6, following a motion filed by his attorney Jeff Wolff earlier that day, according to court records filed with the White County Court of Clerk. Simpson’s conditional release requires him to be on house arrest at his Cornelia residence “until such a time as he is placed under federal bond, if applicable,” according to the bond terms granted by White County Superior Court Judge Joy Parks.
Information on who posted the bond was unavailable as of presstime on Wednesday, May 8.
I think he should be out on bond,” said Jeff Wolff, his attorney. “The purpose of bond is to assure that people will come to court when required, and he will come to court when he’s required. He’s a good candidate for bond, he has deep roots and will appear in court when required.”
Enotah Judicial Circuit Attorney Jeff Langley declinded to comment when contacted on Wednesday.
Simpson was originally denied bond at a bond hearing on April 18. He was originally arrested at his Habersham County home March 26 on three counts of theft by conversion. At the hearing in April, it was revealed that two additional warrants for theft were also taken out against him that morning.
Simpson was operating Mitch Simpson Motors, on U.S. 129 south in Cleveland, before closing the business in February. In the weeks following, more than 50 customers claimed to be victimized by his actions.
Investigators claim Simpson was collecting Title Ad Valorem Tax (TAVT), the 7 percent state sales tax on vehicles, but was keeping it for himself instead of sending the money to the Department of Revenue. Because of this, customers were unable to access the title to their new car because the vehicle can't be registered until the tax is paid to the state.
At the hearing in April, Wolff said his client would be an excellent candidate for bond.
“We look forward to the day we can have our day in court and defend these charges,” he said.