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Legal secretary sentenced to federal prison for bank fraud, identity theft

Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012 6:20 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 1:06 AM
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A legal secretary who stole $155,660 from her employer through bank fraud and identity theft received a federal prison sentence of nearly seven years Tuesday.

Pamela Garrison deserved no less than the maximum sentence for her third conviction for stealing, said U.S. District Court Senior Judge Dudley H. Bowen Jr.

Larry Broyles, a lawyer, was a friend who gave Garrison a chance by hiring her after her earlier convictions in McDuffie County, according to his statement read to the judge Tuesday.

After an audit showed no trouble with his accounts, Broyles made Garrison his permanent legal secretary.

She repeatedly forged his signature and used the identities of others to steal money from 2005 to Aug. 31, 2011, according to the indictment.

Garrison’s attorney asked the judge for a sentence of less than five years, but Assis­tant U.S. Attorney Patricia Rhodes sought the maximum.

She said that since 1999, Garrison has stolen money from nearly every employer – two lawyers in Thomson, a school and Broyles.

“The public needs protecting from her,” Rhodes said.

Garrison’s sentence will not begin until she completes a state prison sentence for violating her probation next year. Federal sentences are served without parole.

Bowen ordered Garrison, who also has a civil judgment against her for the money she stole, to pay restitution.

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Tots
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Tots 12/04/12 - 07:32 pm
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Shaking,

my head....Put her butt in jail for a very long time..

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 12/04/12 - 09:05 pm
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There are two possibilites

This woman is as dumb as a hammer or she's a complete sociopath. Perhaps she is both.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 12/04/12 - 09:37 pm
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Her THIRD conviction. She

Her THIRD conviction. She SHOULD have gotten 70 years. Heck, a three time loser she should have gotten LIFE. She is a habitual offender and needs to be segregated from society forever.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 12/04/12 - 11:13 pm
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She probably stole the second

She probably stole the second and third times because she wasn't slapped hard enough the 1st and 2nd.

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 12/05/12 - 07:32 am
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C'mon people...Mr. Broyles

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C'mon people...Mr. Broyles was aware of her record...but took a risk and even apparently allowed her access to documents which she could forge his signature. Now, we, the federal taxpayers, have to pay for it! And, dichotomy wants to pay for 63 additional years?? I dont need that kind of protection from this woman.

Tullie
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Tullie 12/05/12 - 08:51 am
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Garrison

Garrison obviously cannot control herself. Broyles knew this. He was kind enough to give her a third chance. But, in my opinion, he was stupid to not check behind her.

He should have kept better control of what she was doing so that things did not get out of hand so that she was able to steal $155,660 from her employer through bank fraud and identity theft.

You just don't put a person with her history in a postion to do this without constantly watching them..forever. So, she was good for a while.

From what we are reading in the paper, most of the people in offices need to be audited real regular. Seems quite a lot of them have tendency of thinking it is ok to take what is not theirs.

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Willow Bailey 12/05/12 - 09:05 am
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She likely has a complulsion

She likely has a complulsion that is driven by either addictions or severe emotional unmet needs. People like this can't stop on their own and become experts in pulling others into helping them with second, third, and fourth chances only to repeat the behaviors. Hopefully, she can get some counselling in prison. You'd think our judicial system would know this by now.

my.voice
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my.voice 12/05/12 - 09:46 am
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She probably stole the

She probably stole the Judge's gavel on the way out of the courtroom.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 12/05/12 - 09:46 am
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Another example

of how giving a person a 2nd Chance can come back to bite you and others.

Maybe the Warden will use her to keep the Prison Books. ;-)

David Parker
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David Parker 12/05/12 - 10:11 am
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"Andy Dufresne was my

"Andy Dufresne was my friend."

Red

justthefacts
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justthefacts 12/05/12 - 10:14 am
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Lesson

The best indicator of the what someone will do in the future is to look at the past.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 12/05/12 - 11:34 am
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David

"either get busy living or get busy dying"

RogueKnight
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RogueKnight 12/05/12 - 12:11 pm
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This reminds me...

of the Cynthia Reeves case. Anyone remember her? I dang sure do.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 12/05/12 - 01:28 pm
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If this lady got 84 months

If this lady got 84 months plus pay the money back for $155,000, shouldn't the RCBOE admin person have gotten at least 9 months plus pay the money back for embezzling $14,000.....or at least convicted and given probation like the other lady had been for her previous crimes.......if Roundtree and Clayton hadn't protected her?

Gigglegal215
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Gigglegal215 12/05/12 - 01:47 pm
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Garrison

Is this Garrison related to Jeanette Garrison the former owner of HealthMasters?

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 12/05/12 - 07:28 pm
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I think

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she'd be right at home in the obama administration or as a democratic representative or U.S. senator.

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