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Stratford treasurer indicted on charges of stealing from homeowners association

Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 5:18 PM
Last updated Friday, Aug 30, 2013 11:31 AM
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A Columbia County grand jury has indicted the former treasurer of an Evans neighborhood association on felony theft charges after she was accused in May of stealing more than a quarter-million dollars from the organization.

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Laurie Wainwright Vanover, 46, of Andover Court, faces 10 counts of theft by taking, according to court documents unsealed Thursday.

Vanover is accused of stealing more than $267,000 from Stratford Community Association between February 2008 and December 2012, when she was serving as treasurer of the organization.

Vanover surrendered to authorities May 7 and was charged with financial transaction card fraud, computer theft, theft by taking and theft by conversion. She was released from the Columbia County Detention Center after posting a $40,400 bond.

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.

Association President Tom Gorta first reported to police Dec. 19 that money was missing from the account, and investigators initially estimated that about $192,000 was missing.

During the nearly five-month investigation, Vanover cooperated with authorities. She is accused of using an ATM card to withdraw money from association accounts, cashing checks from the accounts, misusing an association debit card and paying personal debts with association money, according to the indictment.

Vanover is a licensed real estate agent previously associated with various local agencies but is not currently employed. She served on the Columbia County Convention and Visitors Bureau but was not reappointed in January when her term expired as the case was under investigation.

In another case, the grand jury indicted Vanessa Robin Waldron, 53, an employee of Augusta-based Lawyers Abstract Co., for two counts of stealing or altering public documents and one count of making false statements or writings, according to the indictment.

Clerk of Court Cindy Mason called authorities June 13 after Waldron brought to her attention that four pages were missing from indexes to grantor books that contain index cards used to guide researchers to original property documents.

Mason offered to share video surveillance footage of the area with investigators, who arrested Waldron on June 14.

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ragingbull
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ragingbull 08/29/13 - 05:50 pm
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So Ms. Waldron stole readily

So Ms. Waldron stole readily available public information? This one does not make much sense.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 08/29/13 - 06:51 pm
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Incredible?

It is incredible that the HOA was not watching it's books and realizing that that much money had been "miss appropriated!" That's why I refuse to pay my HOA dues! I have asked on several occasions for financial reports and to date have received none. Guess they will place a lien on my house but they need to fess up and tell me what is going on with the dues. Not a lot of money in my neighborhood but it is just the principle of the thing! Sounds like there was too much money in the bank account for this woman to be able to steal at will. HOA dues should be collected and spent but there should not be a bank account balance that large!

ragingbull
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ragingbull 08/29/13 - 06:54 pm
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As for Mrs. Vanover, she

As for Mrs. Vanover, she might as well get a good defense attorney and work out a plea deal. Since the activity took place over a four year period, she can't plead financial hardship. She knew what she was doing.

jmo
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jmo 08/29/13 - 07:43 pm
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Vanover will make....

a slap on the wrist deal. Probation and promise [hic hic] to pay back the missing funds. Oh, a lot of tears and I'm sorry, I don't know what I was thinking. I'm really a good person.

corgimom
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corgimom 08/29/13 - 08:54 pm
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She knew what she was doing

She knew what she was doing from day one. The thieves always do.

jmo, she will claim mental illness/bipolar/depression/prescription drug problem/gambling/Ebay/compulsive shopping/ or pick another BS story for "I am a common thief."

nocnoc
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nocnoc 08/30/13 - 06:02 am
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Wondering Out loud. Why the

Wondering Out loud.
Why the HOA board from February 2008 and December 2012 did not have the accounts and books for this large amount $$$$, independently audited once, in 4+ years?

Or if they did, will that auditor be investigated also?

poolmom
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poolmom 08/30/13 - 09:25 am
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I do not understand Why the

I do not understand Why the Association would even allow an ATM card to be used??? That's stupid!!!!!!

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 08/30/13 - 10:04 am
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Another question. If you were

Another question. If you were coming up with an extra $50K/year; wouldn't your spouse/family notice?

Red Headed Step Child
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Red Headed Step Child 08/30/13 - 10:27 am
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Maybe she too was under the

Maybe she too was under the influence of voodoo..

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/30/13 - 10:33 am
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Answer?? Look at the CC property records for their home.
Unpublished

Answer?? Look at the CC property records for their home.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 08/30/13 - 05:09 pm
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She may get a little help from the

She may get a little help from the Ga. First Time Offender Act but I'm sure restitution will have to be included. What about it attorneys?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/30/13 - 02:33 pm
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I'm assuming with Waldron she

I'm assuming with Waldron she didn't want something in the documents to be known. She was working for the lawyers representing the homeowners in Barrington concerning the large sink hole in the road associated with their pond.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/30/13 - 02:36 pm
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Willow, concerning the

Willow, concerning the resitution, it would seem if she's cooperating the authorities would know where the money went and could recover the items bought. Of course if she claims she blew it in Vegas, there's no way to get it back except by her payments.

scoopdedoop64
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scoopdedoop64 08/30/13 - 05:57 pm
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Again, there should have

Again, there should have never been that much money in their account. I have a good recommendation for a defense attorney. He is really good at representing high profile people like Schrenko who just got out of jail after only 8 years. Maybe she could get the same kind of deal. If you have been charged with stealing money then he's your guy.

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