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UPDATE: ATO alumni fully returns funds from 2022 philanthropy event.

ATO President says new settlement reached.

February 3, 1:00 p.m.

Alpha Tau Omega (ATO) Alpha Zeta President Jacob Woods '25 announced Saturday that as of Feb. 3, 2024, Evans Hodges '22 had fully returned the funds taken from the Camp for a Cause account back in 2022.

A full copy of Hodges' statement can be found here.

February 1, 4:30 p.m.

Woods said that a new settlement had been reached with Hodges.

Woods said that Hodges returned an additional $1,462.81 today and is developing an agreement with ATO to return the remaining funds.

Woods said that the new agreement was initiated after Hodges reached out to Woods today, Feb. 1.

February 1, 1:30 p.m.

An update from Mercer Police (MerPo) Officer Timothy Moore reached out to the Cluster and said, "There will be no warrant; there is no criminal activity." Moore said that he explained to the "pursuing parties" that their options of pursuing the issue are now governed by civil law.

February 1, noon

Alpha Tau Omega fraternity Alpha Zeta chapter alumni Evans Hodges '22, who allegedly stole over $11,000 from the 2022 Camp for a Cause philanthropy fundraiser, has failed to pay back the remaining $2,900 by the deadline, meaning ATO is now intending to pursue legal action.

Upon further investigation, the Mercer Cluster has discovered Hodges is currently the president of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, a nonprofit agency of Jefferson County.

Hodges declined to comment on the situation. MerPo said there was an ongoing investigation, but would not supply a copy of the police report or acknowledge whether there was a warrant out at this time.

The Jefferson County Administrator Jerry Coalson said that Hodges was not an employee of the County. Bibb County Sheriff's Office said there was not yet a warrant filed in their electronic records, nor would there be a warrant filed by the Sheriff's office since MerPo was handling the investigation.

Henry Keating

Henry Keating '24 is a Journalism and History student at Mercer. He has worked at The Cluster as SGA correspondent, State and Local News Editor, Managing Editor and now as the Editor-in-Chief. Henry has held internships at the Macon Newsroom, Macon Telegraph, and Greenville Post and Courier. He enjoys backpacking, rom-coms, pottery and photography.


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