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Former Stratford treasurer pleads not guilty

Posted: September 20, 2013 - 4:07pm  |  Updated: September 20, 2013 - 4:11pm
Laurie Wainwright Vanover, 46, of Evans  Columbia County Sheriff's Office
Columbia County Sheriff's Office
Laurie Wainwright Vanover, 46, of Evans

 

The former treasurer of an Evans neighborhood association pled not guilty to felony charges theft charges.

It was announced at a Friday arraignment hearing in Columbia County that Laurie Wainwright Vanover, 46, of Andover Court, pled not guilty to 10 counts of theft by taking on Thursday.

Vanover is accused of stealing more than $267,000 from the Stratford Community Association between February 2008 and December 2012, while treasurer of the organization.

Vanover turned herself in to authorities May 7 and was released from the Columbia County Detention Center after posting a $40,400 bond. She was indicted last month.

The subdivision, off Hardy McManus Road, has 491 homes. The association is responsible for maintenance of a community pool and a common areas, including an activity field and park.

Association President Tom Gorta first reported to police that funds were missing from the account on Dec. 19, and initially investigators estimated about $192,000 was missing.

During the nearly five-month investigation that followed, Vanover cooperated with authorities. She is accused of using an ATM card to withdraw funds from association accounts, cashing checks from the accounts, misusing an association debit card and paying personal debts with association funds.

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justputtin

Huh?

Not guilty? Must have been some serious bank fees!

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