Former Walthourville Police Department clerk Crystal Gail Tilley has been indicted on one felony count of theft by taking, according to public records.
The indictment was confirmed by former Police Chief Tracy McFadden, who resigned from that post June 2, citing personal reasons.
“Due to a number of discrepancies found, as well as complaints received from violators which began in late 2012 until early 2013, fines which were paid to the Police Department and accepted by the police clerk Crystal Tilley, initiated an audit which was conducted in 2013,” McFadden said in a written statement.
Once the audit was complete, McFadden, according to his statement, notified the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to conduct a criminal investigation in reference to the large number of discrepancies discovered with the government funds.
According to the indictment, between Jan. 1, 2012, and Sept. 27, 2013 — the exact date of the offense being unknown to a Liberty County grand jury — Tilley allegedly stole $4,831.35.
According to McFadden’s statement, Tilley was fired in January 2014, and the true-bill indictment was handed down by the grand jury Nov. 11, 2014.
The indictment shows that an arrest warrant was issued in December 2014, and Tilley promptly posted bond that had been set at $1,000.
Tilley has since retained Chris Schneider of the Schneider Law Firm as her attorney.
On Jan. 12, 2015, she entered a not-guilty plea during her arraignment.
Special Agent in Charge Cathy Sapp, of the GBI’s Statesboro office, confirmed that there is an ongoing investigation into the matter and that Tilley had been indicted.
Walthourville Mayor Daisy S. Pray did not take a phone call from the Courier on Tuesday afternoon.
A person who answered the phone at City Hall said the mayor was not aware of any indictment and was unavailable, though a voice could be heard in the background relaying that message.
Pray also has not returned messages seeking comment on the city’s plans to seek a replacement for McFadden earlier this week and last week.