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September 21, 2013

Woman charged with taking $267K from group

 An east Georgia woman is charged with stealing more than $267,000 from her neighborhood association.

Authorities say 46-year-old Laurie Wainwright Vanover is charged with multiple counts of theft in Columbia County.

She says she’s innocent of the charges.

The Augusta Chronicle reports that Vanover is a former treasurer of the Stratford Community Association in Evans.

The subdivision has 491 homes, and the association maintains a community pool, a park and an activity field.

Association president Tom Gorta reported that money was missing in December, and Vanover surrendered to police in May.

A grand jury indicted Vanover last month, and she pleaded not guilty to felony charges on Thursday.

Vanover is accused of using an ATM card, a debit card and checks to pay personal debts with association money.

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