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Former Thomson policewoman charged in bond theft

Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 6:00 AM
Last updated 8:05 PM
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THOMSON — A former Thomson policewoman has been arrested on charges of theft by taking and violation of her oath of office.

Tiquila Winns, 23, of the 2700 block of Woodcrest Drive, Augusta, was charged after the district attorney requested an investigation into the theft of bond money, according to Pat Morgan, the special agent in charge of the regional Georgia Bureau of Investigation office.

Winns is suspected of taking a total of $1,000 in bond money in three separate incidents between May 13 and Aug. 6.

After an investigation, warrants were issued for her arrest. She surrendered Oct. 17 at the McDuffie County Law Enforcement Center, then was released on $10,000 bond.

Winns worked for the Thomson Police Department from May 11, 2011, until July 31, 2013, when she left to take a position as a school resource officer for the McDuffie County Board of Education’s Public Safety Department. She was terminated from that position shortly after she was hired.

Asked why police officers have access to bond money, Thomson Police Chief John Seay said officers are allowed to accompany a person to make a bond payment at the McDuffie County jail.

He said an officer is required to fill out a bond form, which is then signed by all parties. That officer receives a money order that should be made out to the Thomson Police Department. The form and the money order are then to be turned in to the city court clerk.

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nocnoc
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nocnoc 10/24/13 - 06:00 am
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Some people can't be around money

it is too big of temptation for a weak character.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/24/13 - 06:07 am
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That barrel of apples is drawing a lot of maggots.
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That barrel of apples is drawing a lot of maggots.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/24/13 - 06:08 am
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"Serve and Protect". Does that apply anywhere, anymore?
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"Serve and Protect". Does that apply anywhere, anymore?

ragingbull
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ragingbull 10/24/13 - 11:51 am
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And she thought she wouldn't

And she thought she wouldn't get caught? Of all the dumb things, stealing from law enforcement. She will get a slap on the wrist and do it again somewhere down the road.

The Doc
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The Doc 10/24/13 - 02:23 pm
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Job prospects

She'll never be a cop again. Not sure what the courts will do to her.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/24/13 - 03:03 pm
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She can come to the CCSO and join Vowell.
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She can come to the CCSO and join Vowell.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/24/13 - 03:04 pm
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CC, The Home of Reject Public Servants. Check the records.
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CC, The Home of Reject Public Servants. Check the records.

willie Lee
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willie Lee 10/24/13 - 06:52 pm
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For Real!
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Typical Cop, Very typical!

ragingbull
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ragingbull 10/24/13 - 10:30 pm
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So let's see how this works:

So let's see how this works: The officer accompanies the bond payer to make the bond payment. Once the paperwork is done she takes the cash and just slips it in her pocket? So what happens to the paperwork? How does the person in custody get out of jail if the money does not accompany the paperwork when it is submitted? Of course the payer has a receipt that he actually paid the money, but I would assume the money and the paperwork have to be submitted together. This does not sound like a one person job. Sounds like someone may have been having their palms greased a little to make this work. I believe more investigation is in order.

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 10/25/13 - 05:28 am
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Somethings still rotten here!!

"He said an officer is required to fill out a bond form, which is then signed by all parties. That officer receives a money order that should be made out to the Thomson Police Department. The form and the money order are then to be turned in to the city court clerk."
The Cash Money is given to someone at the McDuffie County Jail and the Police Officer gets a "Money Order" and the bond form to turn in to the city clerk!!!
Am I the only one that thinks maybe someone else is in cahoots????
Where's Barney Fife when you need a real investigation....

Watermedic
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Watermedic 10/25/13 - 09:19 am
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Payment

My guess is that policy requires a money order, but the officer accepted cash.

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