Peach deputy tax commissioner arrested for embezzlement

FORT VALLEY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Peach County’s deputy tax commissioner was arrested Monday morning after embezzling more than $25,000 from the county. 

GBI agents had warrants on Cynthia Doles for fiduciary theft and theft of government property greater than $24,999.99. 

According to GBI Special Agent J.T. Ricketson, the county’s tax commissioner noticed “irregular paperwork” when going over the county’s budget and performed an internal audit into the matter. 

W.L. Brown, Peach County’s tax commissioner, W.L. Brown says the money was missing from the county’s ad valorem tax budget. 

“When you embezzle, you actually had a legal authority or a legal right to be in possession of that money, but you can’t take it and put it in your pocket,” Ricketson said. 

After the commissioner notified the sheriff’s office, the GBI stepped in to assist in the investigation. 

“I would have done the same thing if I were in his shoes. I’d like to get someone else over to look at it,” Ricketson said. 

GBI warrants show Doles had been taking money since February 2009. 

As of now, investigators say she acted along and add in no situation should government workers pocket tax payer dollars for their own personal gain. 

“You have to let it go on through the normal channels and in this case it would be going to a bank account that belonged to Peach County tax commissioner’s office,” Ricketson said. 

Doles was arrested Monday morning and was released on a $10,000 bond. 

Doles is charged with fiduciary theft and theft by taking government property. Ricketson says the case is still under investigation and he plans to present the case to the district attorney for a review. 

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