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A school district chief bookkeeper in Georgia embezzled $58,000 by forging a principal’s signature.
Julie Ann Taylor, 49, was the Paulding County Board of Education’s chief accountant in 2014 and 2015. Her duties included training school accountants and substituting for them when they were on vacation or otherwise absent.
Through an internal audit, the school district noticed that there was money missing from the New Hope School account. Once they realized what had occurred, they contacted the sheriff’s office so a criminal investigation could be initiated.
Julie Taylor was pleaded guilty to 6 counts of theft from five schools: Abney Elementary, Baggett Elementary, Hiram Elementary, New Hope Education Center, and East Paulding High School.
Taylor ‘s scheme was shuffling the money: taking from one school and making partial deposits to other school accounts to cover her debts. Taylor also forged principal’s signature and hid bank statements. The investigation led to Taylor’s termination from the Paulding County School District.
She paid $60,085 in restitution and will serve 9 months in jail. She also will be required to do more than 400 hours of community service work.