Ex-Deputy Clerk Arrested Again

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - A former Madison County deputy clerk charged
with theft last spring has been arrested again, accused of stealing
more than $80,000 in county funds.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Friday that 40-year-old Melinda Watson Spence was booked into the county jail on a charge
of theft by taking.

Jim Fullington, agent in charge of the GBI office in Athens, said that charge and Spence's April 29 arrest resulted from an investigation into about $1,700 in missing Senior Citizens Center funds that were transported to the Madison County Government Complex but never deposited.

Sheriff Clayton Lowe asked the GBI to investigate the missing funds in March.

Fullington said investigators later learned that someone had taken more than $80,000 since July 2004.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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