Former GBI agent Sandra Putnam was sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to purchasing some $60,000 in personal expenses on her state-issued credit card. Photo: WSB-TV

Feds charge GBI inspector with theft, fraud

A former inspector with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is facing federal charges for racking up tens of thousands of dollars in personal charges on her state-issued credit card.

Sandra Putnam was indicted on four counts of mail fraud and three counts of federal program theft, according to an indictment handed down Tuesday.

Putnam pleaded guilty in December to state charges similar to the federal crimes she is now accused of committing. But DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Clarence Seeliger sentenced her to 10 years of probation, which has already ended because she completed 200 hours of community service and repaid more than $60,000. Seeliger’s sentence was less severe than what Putnam’s own attorney asked for.

It also allows Putnam, who now goes by her married name of Sandra Stevens, to retain her full retirement benefits from the state and her law enforcement certification is not automatically revoked.

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