Grovetown worker, contractor charged in theft

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A Grovetown employee and a contractor were arrested recently for stealing money from the city.

Joe McNeal, the chief wastewater plant operator, was fired June 30 after police discovered that he had accepted money from a contractor who was scheduled to perform work on a city well.

City officials gave contractor John Keip, 35, a $2,523 check on June 1 to purchase items needed to repair a Third Avenue well, according to a Grovetown Department of Public Safety incident report.

Grovetown Public Works Director Michael Woods told police on June 29 that the check was cashed June 1 but that after nearly a month the repair work had not been done and Mr. Keip could not be reached.

Grovetown Investigator Scott Wheatley said police discovered that Mr. McNeal accepted money from Mr. Keip, who kept the remainder of the payment.

Mr. Keip, of Derryclare Lane in Evans, was arrested June 29 and charged with theft by conversion of payments. He was released from the city jail July 1 after posting a $3,100 bond.

Mr. McNeal, 44, of Newman Street in Grovetown, also was charged with theft by conversion on June 30 and was later released after posting a $3,100 bond, according to jail records. He worked 19 years for the city and performed several duties in the Water and Sewer Department.

Reach Valerie Rowell at (706) 868-1222, ext. 110, or valerie.rowell@augustachronicle.com.

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chattie888
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chattie888 07/09/09 - 01:09 am
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they must of been waiting

they must of been waiting till after the fourth to fix the well.

cajunnana2000
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cajunnana2000 07/09/09 - 03:32 am
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Weather they were waiting for

Weather they were waiting for the 4th or not, somebody's 19 years went down the drain(I mean well)

prolifer
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prolifer 07/09/09 - 05:02 am
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"Well, well, well", You never

"Well, well, well", You never miss your water til your WELL runs dry.

WAG
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WAG 07/09/09 - 07:17 am
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They should check out the

They should check out the dept that runs the parks like Liberty Park...From what I hear some theft going on there also.....but as usual upper mangement does not do anything...They just fire the people that blow the whistle... But then isn't that always the way it goes.....Investigate!!!!!!!

cricketflea
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cricketflea 07/09/09 - 09:23 am
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I agree WAG...I have heard

I agree WAG...I have heard there is "borrowing" with no intention of returning in all counties in the area...perhaps they should all be checked out----and I am talking doing searches of homes with warrants, of course. You might be surprised by what you will find there! I know a few "honest" workers in some of these counties and I have certainly been surprised over the years!!

sugarbutton
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sugarbutton 07/09/09 - 11:06 am
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Sure do make the honest

Sure do make the honest workers look bad! There's always more to the story....if you just SIT BACK AND SHUT UP AND LISTEN!!!! Not enough money in this world to make me wanna lose my job; much less go to jail. This world really is in sad shape and it affects good people and unfortunately some of them get lost in the troubles of this country (especially financially) and don't even realize that they've jeopardized everything for NOTHING! Some things can't be justified but then we can look at our Government and figure if they can do it...why can the average working man do it too. But, YOU CAN'T!!!!

panasonicsmart
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panasonicsmart 07/09/09 - 06:14 pm
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More to what story,

More to what story, Sugarbutton? Has he stolen before? In 19 years on the job, did he just one day wake up and say, "Im going to steal money from the city." Please dont try and justify what he did. "troubles of this country", what kind of statement is that? Because the country is in bad shape, its ok to steal? Is it ok to steal if youre doing it for good reasons? Stealing is stealing, no matter the justification.

WAG
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WAG 07/09/09 - 06:26 pm
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When is the AC gonna

When is the AC gonna investigate the Parks Dept espically the so called supervisor. Peolple think just because they been in a job for 22 years they can do what they want... Well I guess they can if noone turns them in or if upper management will not listen...But belive me buddy someone will listen..... gonna take it out of the county if need be... or even outof Augusta.....

panasonicsmart
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panasonicsmart 07/09/09 - 07:43 pm
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Wag, if you have proof, why

Wag, if you have proof, why dont you turn it over to someone? Maybe with proof, they will do something. If not, please stop accusing someone if you dont have anything to back up the accusations. I look forward to the proof, or your accusations to stop.

ListenAndLearn
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ListenAndLearn 07/09/09 - 07:50 pm
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PANASONICSMART....I went back

PANASONICSMART....I went back and read what sugarbutton wrote...and in no way did it justify anything. Where did you get your education? Or do you just like to randomly be stupid. Obviously you need to dig a little deeper to needle me or sugarbutton with you digs sweetie cause this ain't cuttin' it. This ain't really America is it when people can't make a comment in either direction w/o ignorant people trying to cram their OPINIONS down our throats.

ListenAndLearn
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ListenAndLearn 07/09/09 - 09:05 pm
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Careful naming names.....when

Careful naming names.....when you want people to listen...you should make nice and not offend anyone who hasn't done anything to you and isn't involved in it.

absolutegenius
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absolutegenius 07/09/09 - 09:19 pm
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If one long time employee

If one long time employee gets fired for stealing...all of them should.Whats good for one is good for ALL

panasonicsmart
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panasonicsmart 07/10/09 - 04:47 am
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Proof....Paperwork...?Videos

Proof....Paperwork...?Videos of someone stealing...?Voice of someone saying hes stealing...?Or is the "proof" just hearsay? It would seem Absolutegenius that possibly you are an employee or former employee of Grovetown, with an axe to grind.

panasonicsmart
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panasonicsmart 07/10/09 - 05:32 am
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Listenandlearn....You were

Listenandlearn....You were correct. I also went back and reread Sugarbuttons post, and they werent trying to justify anything. My apologies to Sugarbutton. Perhaps the ravings of other posts, "jaded" my perception of what Sugarbutton had posted. Again, my apologies, Sugarbutton.

WAG
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WAG 07/10/09 - 07:37 am
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Employess and former

Employess and former employess know alot....So don't discredit what they say.....He is a thief

absolutegenius
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absolutegenius 07/10/09 - 08:07 am
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Maybe just maybe..He took the

Maybe just maybe..He took the money from me????Now...is that hearsay??

sugarbutton
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sugarbutton 07/10/09 - 09:47 am
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It was said earlier I

It was said earlier I believe, careful what you say!

absolutegenius
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absolutegenius 07/10/09 - 09:52 am
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careful,about what?

careful,about what?

sugarbutton
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sugarbutton 07/10/09 - 09:54 am
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Amazingly the comment

Amazingly the comment disappeared w/ screennames on it. It's been taken care of....Thank you!

absolutegenius
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absolutegenius 07/10/09 - 11:17 am
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mine are still on here???

mine are still on here???

astheworldturns
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astheworldturns 07/10/09 - 12:15 pm
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goodness gracious.There sure

goodness gracious.There sure is alot of argueing on this matter.Maybe he did steal money and maybe he didn't.Sounds like alot of people are trying to protect him.Am I right sugarbutton?Isn't that what an investigation is for?To find out the truth.Do you know the truth sugarbutton?Has an investigation proved he is innocent?If so,Then everything should be dropped

astheworldturns
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astheworldturns 07/10/09 - 01:20 pm
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"It is always the cowards

"It is always the cowards that have to be pulled out of the hole they crawl in. He will get his.. People work hard for their money and especially in this day.
"people always think that they can get away with things BUT God see ALL and in the right time, HIS time justice will be served!!!"

JustLQQking
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JustLQQking 07/10/09 - 04:30 pm
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It is obvious that things

It is obvious that things have run amuck in Grovetown and there are a lot more "unknown issues" that seem to be coming to the surface. It just does not make sense to me why this person would want to ruin 19 years that he had invested with the City of Grovetown. Was this his first time "stealing" from the City ? Or was there other times that just got "swept under the rug"? It appears to me that the entire City has started to go to hell in a handbasket since Dennis Trudeau stepped down. I agree with panasonicsmart; a thief is a thief is a thief; regardless of who it is !! Let the investigators do their job and let justice take its course.

astheworldturns
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astheworldturns 07/10/09 - 05:33 pm
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But will they investigate it

But will they investigate it correctly.Don't make us citizens lose faith in the Grovetown Police Department.Wrong is Wrong.A thief is a Thief!Do what is right and get this man out of his position if he is stealing.

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