Former Woodstock employee indicted
by Michelle Babcock
April 25, 2014 04:00 AM | 2658 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Leah O’Donnell
Leah O’Donnell
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A former Woodstock police employee was indicted this month on charges of theft by taking and making a false statement, Cherokee County grand jury documents show.

Leah O’Donnell turned herself in at the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center April 19 and was released on $31,000 bond, said Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Jay Baker.

O’Donnell is accused of taking $1,370 from the city of Woodstock, and then changing records to conceal the theft, which is believed to have happened sometime in 2011 between March and November, the indictment shows.

O’Donnell was hired by the Woodstock Police Department in 2008 as a records/court coordinator, and became an evidence custodian in 2011, said Brittany Duncan, Woodstock Police spokeswoman.

Duncan said the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was called in to investigate accusations of theft, and O’Donnell’s employment was terminated on Feb. 26, 2013, “for violation of multiple city policies.”

“Following an internal investigation, Chief Moss requested the GBI initiate a criminal investigation,” Duncan said.

O’Donnell was indicted April 15 on one charge of theft by taking and two charges of making a false statement, the indictment shows.

The indictment states that O’Donnell, between March and November 2011, is accused of taking money from the city of Woodstock.

The indictment goes on to state that in November 2011, O’Donnell is accused of “changing a cash payment of $1,000 to a credit card payment … which incorrectly states the amount of cash received,” for a municipal court fine.

O’Donnell is also accused of altering a cash receipt on a $370 municipal court fine, the indictment states.

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