Tucker, Akins sentenced in Clerk of Courts probe

Written by  Tuesday, 17 December 2013 09:39

  Although they will not face jail time they must make restitution and will be placed on probation. 


Teresa Tucker Teresa Tucker   Tucker was sentenced to 10 years probation, a $1,000 fine and $6,000 Sheri Akins Sheri Akins restitution.  Akins must pay $6,000 restitution and serve a year on probation.


  They, along with deputy clerk Leatha Deloach and former deputy clerks Marion Puckett Williams and Amanda Kay Smith, were indicted in July on theft by conversion and other charges following a three year probe by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation into allegations of improper practices and money missing from the office.  DeLoach, Williams and Smith entered pleas earlier.


  Tucker voluntarily removed herself from office and a temporary clerk was appointed pending the outcome of the case.  The Bulloch County Board of Commissioners will resolve a resignation agreement for her at today’s meeting.


  Both women, reading from prepared statements, denied ever stealing public money.  Tucker admitted that she did make mistakes in the management of the office.


  The allegations stemmed from money received but unaccounted for that were kept in an “overage bag”.  Employees were allowed to borrow from the funds but left personal checks or “IOU” notes to be repaid. 


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