April 7, 2016
Last Tuesday, March 29, Dawn Michelle Raynor pleaded guilty to theft by taking in front of Judge Hugh Wingfield. She was ordered to pay $1,230 in restitution to the Jasper County Probate Court, fined $1,000, and sentenced to 5 years of probation.
This Tuesday, April 5, Melissa Strozier pleaded not guilty to charges of theft by conversion and theft by taking (three counts) in front of Judge Brenda Trammell. She was indicted by the Grand Jury in February. Ms. Strozier allegedly used funds from the Jasper County Care Corps and the Salvation Army Project Share to pay utility bills of friends and relatives. This case could possibly go to trial in May.
Even though these 2 county employees have already had court appearances, the case against Sherry Braley, former P&Z administrator, has yet to be presented to the Grand Jury. Braley was arrested in June 2015 by the GBI for theft by deception involving over $15,000 of county funds.
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. The Jasper County BOC needs to enforce policies that are in place to prevent future theft.
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