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Martinez man charged in $200,000 embezzlement

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 12:23 AM
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A Martinez man has been charged with violation of Georgia’s racketeering laws for what authorities say was a scheme in which he stole more than $200,000 from a building materials company.

Charles Holtzclaw  Columbia County Jail photo
Columbia County Jail photo
Charles Holtzclaw

Meanwhile, a resolution also seems to be getting closer for a major embezzlement case from an Evans neighborhood.

Charles Holtzclaw, 26, turned himself in to the Co­lum­bia County Detention Cen­ter on Friday and was released after posting $25,000 bond, according to jail records.

He had been interviewed by investigators earlier in the week regarding thefts last fall from Howard Lumber Co. in Evans. He was allowed to turn himself in by the end of the week, Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said.

Charged under the Racke­teer Influenced and Cor­rupt Organizations Act, Holtz­claw worked as a salesman for Howard Lumber. He is accused of brokering deals for building materials and keeping the payments, then covering the thefts by charging the material to other accounts, Morris said.

“It’s over $200,000,” he said.

Holtzclaw was “pocketing money received from customers for materials purchased from the business. He would create a fictitious work order, then bill the cost of the material to another customer’s credit account to cover up the money he took,” according to an incident report.

“Howard is out the materials and the money for those materials,” Morris said. “I haven’t heard of any restitution” being made.

Meanwhile, Columbia County authorities continue to investigate the theft of an estimated $192,000 over the past five years from the Stratford Property Owners Association, in which the former treasurer of the group is a suspect and “continues to cooperate” in the inquiry, Morris said.

Charges could be made in the next month or so, he speculated.

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I'm Back Again
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I'm Back Again 04/16/13 - 05:36 am
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I wonder why it's taking CCSO
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I wonder why it's taking CCSO so long to make a case in Stratford. I appreciate that they are doing a thorough job, but it's not a really involved and dificult case. It shouldn't take months and months to charge someone with stealing these homeowners money.
And only in Columbia County do they allow thieves to turn themselves in by the end of the week. It was nice to let this punk enjoy his masters week, while spending Howard's stolen money. What ever happened to going out and making an arrest. Welcome to Niceville!

David Parker
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David Parker 04/16/13 - 09:01 am
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That's great ! One of the

That's great ! One of the few independent (non-corporate) building material stores left and that's who gets taken advantage of. You are poison if these allegations are accurate.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 04/16/13 - 08:46 am
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Sad that he would do this. He

Sad that he would do this. He had a great job at Howard Lumber Co.

concercitizen
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concercitizen 04/16/13 - 10:51 am
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And in the words of a well

And in the words of a well known local criminal defense attorney," And you thought you wouldn't be caught?" In all likelihood this young man will face prison time for this amount of money. It is a shame,26 is such a young age to ruin your life. Believe me, this brick will be around your neck forever.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 04/16/13 - 12:20 pm
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It's like the old
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way of doing business in congress. Pay me $200,000.00 and I'll take $200,000.00.

my.voice
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my.voice 04/16/13 - 12:43 pm
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Holy 2x4's Batman!

Holy 2x4's Batman!

BamaMan
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BamaMan 04/16/13 - 04:58 pm
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I wonder

if he's related to the Holtzclaw that USED to be a jeweler.

Cynical old woman
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Cynical old woman 04/16/13 - 08:06 pm
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Bama

I wondered the same thing. My guess would be yes!

jmo
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jmo 04/17/13 - 07:31 am
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Just an enterprising young man...........

starting his own builders' supply business (with someone else's money).

BamaMan
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BamaMan 04/17/13 - 01:53 pm
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Cynical

Probably. The nut doesn't fall far does it?

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