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Evans woman pleads not guilty in neighborhood association theft case

Posted: September 24, 2013 - 11:00pm
HAND OUT  Laurie Wainwright Vanover, 46, of Evans  Valerie Rowell
Valerie Rowell
HAND OUT Laurie Wainwright Vanover, 46, of Evans

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

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

Vanover is charged with stealing more than $267,000 from the Stratford Community Association between February 2008 and December 2012,
while treasurer of the organization. She turned herself in 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 common areas, including an activity field and park.

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

During the nearly five-month investigation that followed, Vanover cooperated with authorities.

She is charged with using
an ATM card to withdraw money from association accounts, cashing checks from the accounts, misusing an association debit card and paying personal debts with association funds.

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