October 29, 2015
Lax controls and lack of oversight allow all sorts of things to happen, and those that are tempted can easily get away with theft of funds, supplies, equipment, etc.
Melissa Strozier who works at the Jasper County Senior Center was arrested on Wednesday, October 28th after the GBI issued an arrest warrant for theft by conversion.
Sources tell TWG that the GBI investigation has been ongoing for approximately two months. Rumors throughout the community are that Melissa Strozier used Jasper County Care Corps funds to pay her family members and others city utility bills. The limit set by the Care Corps was about $50 per person and only twice a year at the most, but this limit was ignored by Mrs. Strozier.
It appears that Mrs. Strozier has been paying utility bills for friends and family members for almost two (2) years with Jasper County Care Corps funds. She would use one check that she would request for a large amount, and then tell City staff whose utilities were to be paid with that check. Sources tell us that just between January and August 2015, over $11,000 of utility bills were paid with Care Corps funds. The investigation should find out how much of that total was used to pay questionable and unauthorized bills, as well as how many funds were converted during the two year period.
After the Care Corps directors were made aware of what was going on, sources tell us Ms. Strozier then tried to use Project Share money that comes through the local DFACS office via The Salvation Army to pay the utility bills.
There has been much concern in community about the way Care Corps and Project Share money has been used.
There should also be concern that Ms. Strozier is a county employee overseeing Older American funds, food purchases, and cash with limited if any oversight by the County Manager and Jasper County Commissioners.
Melissa Strozier is the wife of Randy Strozier who is running for Mayor Pro Tem of Monticello.
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