Wednesday, December 5, 2013

Defendant Pocketed $5K In Customer Cash

Atlanta– Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr. announces a conviction by guilty plea in the theft case against a former Union City Water Department employee. During plea proceedings Wednesday afternoon, 42-year-old Johnetta Robinson pleaded guilty to a single felony count of Theft by Taking by Government Employee for stealing customer funds.

Among her varied duties as a lead account technician, Robinson was responsible for accepting mandatory cash payments from customers establishing new accounts. Upon receipt of the money, Robinson would provide customers with hand-written receipts for the full amount paid. She then pocketed the money without entering the transaction into the computer system. Robinson carried out the scheme for over a year between February 2009 and March 2010 when the ruse was discovered during a mini-audit. Robinson, who had worked for the water department for six years, confessed to taking the money without authority and was fired.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Wendy Shoob, who presided over plea proceedings, sentenced Robinson to five years on probation and ordered her to pay full restitution to Union City in the amount of $5,000.00. Union City Mayor Vince Williams who was present during the plea, issued a statement (attached) which reads in part:

“It is our hope that the defendant has learned from this case. The City considers her decision to take responsibility for her actions as a positive step towards righting the wrong caused to tax payers.”

The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Jay Hughes assigned to the Public Integrity Unit with assistance from Senior DA Investigator Cameron Crandall. Union City Police Chief Charles Odom led the initial investigation.

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