Christopher Clemons, the founder of Latin Academy Charter School, is scheduled to go to trial early next year.

Atlanta charter school founder headed to trial in theft case

Clemons charged with 48 counts of theft, forgery 

An Atlanta charter school founder accused of stealing from a now-closed school is headed to trial. 

The case against Christopher Clemons, 38, is scheduled for a trial beginning Jan. 10, according to Fulton County Superior Court records. 

A final plea had been scheduled last week in the 2016 case that includes 48 counts of theft and forgery  linked to the alleged theft of roughly $800,000 from Latin Academy Charter School. 

The sum is the largest such loss in Georgia charter school history. Latin Academy closed in 2016. 

Last week’s plea was postponed, and a prosecutor told the judge at the time that the state intends to bring more charges against Clemons.

Those potential new charges are linked to $350,000 Clemons allegedly embezzled from two other schools he founded -- Latin Grammar School and Latin College Preparatory School. 

In the Latin Academy case, Clemons is accused of having thousands of dollars wired from the school’s bank account to an account belonging to him and of withdrawing cash from the school account, among other charges. 

Clemons’ attorney and a spokesman for the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Clemons is in jail awaiting the outcome of the case. He could receive a maximum sentence of 735 years in prison if convicted on all counts.

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