The former city clerk for the City of Ellenton was arrested Monday after she allegedly had stolen thousands of dollars from the city.
Tina Lynn Lowery, 33, of 2201 Ellenton-Omega Road in Norman Park, was charged with theft by taking.
Colquitt County Sheriff’s Investigator Sgt. David Corona said Betsy Voncile Kearce, the mayor of Ellenton, reported a discrepancy was found in the city’s bank deposits about three weeks ago. The discrepancies were found to have gone back to early 2009, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was called in to assist with an investigation.
During an investigation into the discrepancies, Corona said it was found money was missing from bank deposits. An exact amount was not known, but it had reached into being thousands of dollars allegedly being stolen from the city. An audit was also done by the city during the investigation.
It was found Lowery, an employee of the city for five years, suddenly resigned from her position as city clerk during the investigation, Corona said. Investigators determined Lowery allegedly had been stealing the money, and she was placed under arrest Monday and taken to Colquitt County Jail. No other city employees were suspected in the incident.