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Still no charges in missing Stratford funds

Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013 1:07 PM
Last updated 8:53 PM
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Columbia County authorities continue to investigate nearly $200,000 stolen from the Stratford Community Association.

“This is an ongoing criminal investigation that will likely take several more days if not weeks to resolve,” Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said. “Involved parties are cooperative and assisting investigators.”

Laurie Wainwright Vanover, treasurer of the Evans homeowners association, was questioned in connection to more than $192,00 missing from the association’s bank account.

Thomas Gorta, president of the homeowners association, told investigators on Dec. 19 that he discovered the missing funds, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

Morris said investigators are reviewing all financial records associated with the association.

Gorta told authorities that unauthorized transactions were first made on the association’s bank account on Nov. 5, 2008, according to the report. Multiple transactions, totaling $192,018, occurred through Dec. 19, 2012. An estimated $78,497 was used for credit purchases and another $113,521 was withdrawn from ATMs, according to the report.

Vanover is the only person with access to the transaction cards and checks for the accounts.

Gorta said the subdivision off Hardy McManus Road has 491 homes. The association is responsible for maintenance of a community pool and common areas including an activity field and greenspace park.

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Little Lamb
Little Lamb 01/15/13 - 02:44 pm

They must not consider the prime suspect a flight risk; hence they can wait until the last minute to minimize costs of holding and processing this dangerous criminal.

soapy_725 01/15/13 - 04:56 pm
There are numerous business matters to be conducted

before she is arrested and/ or indicted. Financial matters need to be addressed. Moving funds prior to arrest/indictment. Property deeds, etc. Watch the CC system of justice. Educate yourself and you will see why some "straight forward crime" takes for ever to yield justice.

The money is gone. She alone had her hands on the money. Motive, means and opportunity. Call in the NCIS. This one is a real puzzle. How many questions do you have to ask CCSO? Ask a fifth grader.

Marvin Vanover's daughter in law is being given VIP treatment. And the spin is on. Which is find as long as every CC citizen gets VIP treatment.

Jose has a DUI homicide and is immediately off to jail. UN-Lucky has a DUI homicide and he gets weeks to handle his personal business before an arrest.

Patty-P 01/15/13 - 10:01 pm
They aren't going to charge

They aren't going to charge her with anything. And since this is in Augusta, I'm NOT surprised. Even though she admitted to it.

whitakeriv 01/25/13 - 11:55 am
Avoid the loss

I don't know if the association had a crime policy or not but this is a cheap way to avoid this kind of loss. Then the insurance carrier can help authorities to track and find evidence. At the very least the association would be out their reserves. Here an overview of the coverage.

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