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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