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.