Stacy Cato Folds, 42, of Bowdon was arrested in October 2012 and released on a $15,000 property bond. She is accused of taking $35,000 from city funds while employed by the city of Bowdon.
Folds appeared with her legal counsel, Carrollton attorney Gary Bunch, in front of Judge John Simpson, where she was given her trial date of July 29.
The woman was indicted recently on the charge of theft by taking.
According to officials, the arrest is related to money missing from an account used to process fines and court-levied fees, and early estimates placed the missing funds between $20,000 and $30,000.
In September, the city of Bowdon called the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to look into alleged misappropriations of city funds. It was the city’s second call to the GBI in three months.
Mayor Keith Crawford said the probe started Sept. 10, 2012, after Folds “notified city administration of misappropriated funds.”
“City administration immediately notified City Police Chief [Mark Brock], and on the same day the case was turned over to Georgia Bureau of Investigation,” Crawford said in his released statement.
Also arraigned on Tuesday was Nehemiah Hagwood, the Orlando, Fla., man accused of attempting to hijack a vehicle in Villa Rica before starting a chase with police.
Hagwood, 24, was arrested in November, hours after allegedly robbing and shooting a man near the CNN Center in Atlanta.
Hagwood, who was denied bond last week, has been indicted on more than eight counts in Carroll County, including hijacking a motor vehicle, entering automobile, fleeing an officer and aggravated assault on a police officer.
Officers were called to the QuikTrip on Highway 61 in November and were told Hagwood was armed with a handgun. When police arrived, the suspect would not comply with the officers’ commands and told them the gun was in the seat of the vehicle, according to the police report.
As the officers were trying to get Hagwood away from the van, he suddenly got in and fled the scene, according to the report.
Officer Jacob Brown spotted the vehicle leaving the gas station and gave chase, following a path that led officers north on Highway 101, Rockmart Road, Main Street and Highway 78 before the suspect crashed the van behind the Villa Rica Elementary School, then fled the scene on foot, according to police.
Sgt. Kevin Carroll located the suspect in the kudzu behind the soccer fields and took him into custody. A gun was found in the kudzu where Hagwood was hiding, according to reports.
Witnesses said Hagwood had earlier shot one man in the hip in a parking lot outside the CNN Center in Atlanta.
According to reports, Atlanta police arrived after being called by the victim and chased the attacker, but lost the mini-van he was driving on the western side of the city.
Once he was arrested in Villa Rica, police said they found several IDs inside the van, including the Atlanta shooting victim’s. They also recovered the handgun believed to have been used in both crimes.
Also arraigned on Tuesday was James Randall Slade, the Bremen man charged with arson and operating a chop shop.
Slade, 29, appeared in front of Simpson with his legal counsel, Bremen attorney Nathaniel Wheelwright, where he was given his trial date of July 29.
The man was indicted last year on charges of arson in the first degree, fraudulent insurance claims and operating a motor vehicle chop shop. His codefendants in the case are Clyde Henry Puckett, 68, who is also charged with murder, and Karmen Ann Barber, who pleaded guilty to the charge in October and is the wife of the man whom Puckett allegedly killed.
Barber received a sentence of five years of probation for the charge after pleading guilty in October. The woman was also ordered to pay almost $20,000 in fines and restitution.
As the factual basis for the charges during the guilty plea hearing, Assistant District Attorney Anne Allen said Barber had taken insurance out on the building of her automotive repair shop, Auto Group Inc., without making it known that the shop had actually burned down the night before.
As for the chop shop charge, Barber is accused of installing a stolen motor into a 2004 Ford Explorer for a customer, as well as reassembling a Pontiac Fiero into a kit car that was supposed to be street-legal, but was actually unable to be driven lawfully on Georgia streets.
Barber has a restitution hearing scheduled for Feb. 21 to determine the remainder of the restitution she will be ordered to pay.