Mary Linda Black
Photo: Monroe County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Monroe County Sheriff's Office

Georgia city’s payroll clerk allegedly used money from employee’s bank account

A city clerk in Monroe County was arrested Tuesday on allegations she accessed an employee’s bank accounts and used their money, officials said.

Mary Linda Black, 56, was the payroll and accounts payable clerk for the city of Forsyth. According to a statement from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, a former city employee contacted the department and said someone had accessed her account and used the money to make purchases.

Deputies launched a criminal investigation and arrested Black on one count each of identity fraud and theft by taking.

The city told its employees to check their bank accounts and look for any abnormalities. Forsyth has “cooperated fully with the investigation,” the sheriff’s office said.

The city could not be reached for comment about whether Black is still employed.

Monroe County is located about 60 miles southeast of Atlanta.

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