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Bulloch County Clerk of Court employee arrested for theft, computer forgery

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BULLOCH CO., GA (WTOC) -

On June 24, the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office was contacted by Clerk of Court Heather Banks McNeal because of a discrepancy in monies collected by an employee in her office.

McNeal told investigators that citation money handled by Karen Patterson, 45, were not deposited according to policy and that computerized records were altered to conceal the thefts.

Patterson was fired the next day. According to an interal audit, approximately 19 instances of theft occurred over a three month period involving over $3,000 of citation money.

Investigators served Patterson with arrest warrants for felony theft by taking, computer forgery and violation of oath of public office. She posted a bond of $10,000 and was released.

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