District attorney calls for deeper probe into alleged misappropriation of funds

South Georgia Judicial Circuit District Attorney Joe Mulholland is calling for additional investigation into alleged misappropriation of funds by former Grady County clerk Carrie Croy.
Mulholland told The Messenger Tuesday that after reviewing the information provided to him by Grady County auditor Perry Henry, he is ordering an investigation to determine the extent of the problem.
The D.A. would not offer any additional information.
The district attorney met with the county’s auditor on Oct. 30 and Henry submitted the findings of his internal audit involving Croy.
Croy resigned, effective immediately, on Tuesday, Oct. 23 after being confronted with the findings of Henry’s internal audit, according to officials.
Based on those findings, the former county clerk manipulated the county’s payroll and finance software in order to “increase the net value of her personal paychecks.”
Croy’s alleged manipulations of her own paycheck cost Grady County taxpayers approximately $5,000, according to Johnson.
The auditor found additional evidence that has not been released publicly but was presented to the district attorney.
“There appears to be more and additional investigation is necessary, in my opinion,” Mulholland said.
Croy was placed on administrative leave with pay on Oct. 3 by the county administrator pending the completion of the auditor’s review.
Croy had served as the Grady County clerk since July 2008. She began her career in public service in January 2002 when she was hired as the county’s human resources manager and records manager. In addition to serving as clerk, Croy served as the human resources manager and oversaw the retention of public records.

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