Channel 2's Ross Cavitt reports.

Paulding school accountant accused of stealing money to buy boat

A Paulding County school system accountant is accused of stealing $25,000 and using it to buy a boat, the Sheriff’s Office said Monday.

Julie A. Taylor, 45, surrendered Friday and was charged with theft by conversion, Paulding County jail records showed. She was released after posting $11,200 bond.

“She obtained a check that she was allowed to have, but she converted the check into funds for her own personal use,” Cpl. Ashley Henson told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The $25,782.88 check was intended for the New Hope Learning Center, but was instead paid to a marina, according to investigators. The school system discovered the misappropriated funds during an internal audit and contacted the Sheriff’s Office, Henson said.

Taylor allegedly purchased a boat with the stolen funds, Henson said. Deputies impounded the boat during a search of Taylor’s home, Henson said.

Taylor, who worked as a staff accountant at the district office, is no longer employed by the Paulding school system, a spokeswoman for the district said Monday afternoon.

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