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Embezzlement Investigation

The Director of Macon County's Board of Elections Office is on leave while the SBI investigates possible embezzlement.

According to court documents, investigators say there is probable cause to believe the office was used to embezzle more than $50,000.

An SBI agent says money was paid out to individuals not doing work.

Now the director, Kimberly Bishop is on paid leave.

The office was closed for several days while investigators collected evidence.

"Within an hour after the sheriff heard of a possible incident in the Board of Elections they took action.  The county manager took action and shut down the office," said Board of Elections member Gary Dills.

"No one got into or out of that office without being accompanied by a law enforcement officer," says County Manager Derek Roland.

The office re-opened Thursday.

The District Attorney's office will review the investigation results and decide if charges will be filed. 

The Board of Elections will hold a meeting Monday at 11 a.m., which will be open to the public.

By Rex Hodge
Follow Rex on Twitter @RexHodgeWLOS

 



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