Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent Jim Fullington says his office plans to investigate the Madison County Board of Commissioners’ office next week to determine if money has been stolen from the department.
Deputy county clerk Melinda Spence, who formerly worked in the BOC office, was charged April 29 with the theft of $1,700 in senior center funds.
But more money is apparently missing.
“There have been reports of additional missing funds,” said Fullington, who did not have a dollar figure for how much money might be gone.
Sheriff Clayton Lowe said he received a call from the BOC office about funds missing in the commissioners’ office.
“They reported money missing to me and I called the GBI,” he said.
Madison County Clerk Morris Fortson would neither confirm nor deny Monday that money was missing. But he said the office is conducting an internal investigation of finances.
“There is an ongoing investigation that is not complete,” said Fortson. “It’s a time-consuming process. There’s not a particular place we’ve been looking. We’re looking at all of it.”
The Madison County government has had two employees arrested over the past year for allegedly stealing money from the county government. Cana Chambers was charged last July with the theft of roughly $30,000 from the probate office, where she was employed.