Baldwin County sheriff’s deputies have arrested the administrative operations coordinator of the Sandersville regional youth development center in connection with the theft of state funds.
Avery D. Niles, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice said Monday the arrest followed an internal investigation into deposits of corrections staff meal sales at the Sandersville Regional Youth Detention Center.
According to a news release, Niles said James Sanders, who had functioned as business manager for the YDC, was taken into custody Monday and charged with 21 felony counts of theft by taking.
He was suspended without further access to facility funds after a discrepancy in sales deposits was discovered by a DJJ audit team. The Commissioner said investigators suspect Sanders was withdrawing cash from the account and replacing it with personal checks, the news release said
When investigators obtained a subpoena for Sanders’ bank account, they discovered the thefts allegedly occurred more than 20 times over a period of several months and totaled more than $2,000. The compromised agency account was discovered when Sanders allegedly replaced state cash with a bounced check, resulting in his arrest.
Sanders will be held at the Washington County Jail, the DJJ said.