Ga woman charged with taking $267K from group

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Updated: Sat, 21 Sep 2013 11:15:56 EST

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — An east Georgia woman is charged with stealing more than $267,000 from her neighborhood association. Authorities say 46-year-old Laurie Wainwright Vanover is charged with multiple counts of theft in Columbia County. She says she's innocent of the charges. The Augusta Chronicle ( ) reports that Vanover is a former treasurer of the Stratford Community Association in Evans. The subdivision has 491 homes, and the association maintains a community pool, a park and an activity field. Association president Tom Gorta reported that money was missing in December, and Vanover surrendered to police in May. A grand jury indicted Vanover last month, and she pleaded not guilty to felony charges on Thursday. Vanover is accused of using an ATM card, a debit card and checks to pay personal debts with association money.

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