The former city manager for the nearby Georgia community was recently arrested for theft charges. The woman’s arrest followed a month-long investigation into funds missing in the nearby community wherein she served as city manager. The woman was recently arrested on two felony charges of theft of taking. The 43-year old woman is accused of making $14,000 in fraudulent payroll payments to herself during the five-year period that she served as city manager; she has since resigned the position as city manager. The former city manager is also accused of making $8,000 in personal purchases on two city credit cards.

Theft charges can lead to unquestionably serious consequences that individuals accused of theft crimes may be surprised by. Theft charges can lead to significant penalties, including jail time, probation, community service and fines and fees. Possible consequences can include a criminal record and the ongoing and life-long consequences a criminal record can provide which can impact housing, education and employment options and opportunities.

Because theft charges and other criminal charges, accusations and allegations can have a significant present and future impact on the lives of individuals accused of a crime, it is important to understand how to navigate the criminal justice process and achieve positive results through a strong criminal defense. Individuals accused of a crime have the right to defend themselves against those charges and options can include challenging the alleged facts or evidence against the accused party or negotiating different charges or outcomes.

Because there are a wide variety of criminal defense options available to individuals accused of a crime, it is important they are familiar with those options, how they can benefit from them and how they apply to their circumstances and situation. There is too much on the line when facing criminal or theft charges not to understand criminal defense rights and options.

Source: WCTV TV, “Former City Manager Arrested On Theft Charges In Georgia,” Jan. 23, 2016