August 14, 2015
The following article is taken from the Monticello News:
|• Thu, Aug 13, 2015|
Dawn Michelle Raynor, 39, of Newborn, an employee in Jasper County Probate Court for the past seven years turned herself in to the Jasper County Detention Center last Friday after a warrant was issued for her arrest. She is now out on a $5,000 bond.
Ms. Raynor is charged with felony theft by taking after Probate Judge Linda Keller discovered some inconsistencies in some traffic reports she was reviewing. She called on Sheriff Donnie Pope who summoned the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) to look into it.
Joe Wooten,with the GBI said that Ms. Raynor was responsible for taking in fines for tickets, and she had converted roughly $1,000 worth of cash fines paid.
Judge Keller said the violation took place from mid-May to mid-July, and five tickets on four defendants were found in found to have irregularities. She said she checked the books back until last October, and found no other signs of misappropriation. Judge Keller said more safeguards to prevent this from happening again had already been put in place. Ms. Raynor resigned from her job before the allegations came to light. Previously, in June, the county’s Planning & Zoning Director, Sherry Braley, was charged with theft of county funds.
There has been no word about a court date for Sherry Braley who was arrested in June for misappropriation of over $15,000 in county funds, but there are rumors that she will be represented by a public defender. Not only did she steal from the taxpayers, now it appears the taxpayers are going to pay to defend her!
We do question why Judge Keller decided to only go back to October 2014 (10 months) in checking her books. When taxpayers are questioned by their government, they have to produce records and be checked for the past 3 years.