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Clayton Sheriff says bookkeeper stole bond money

Tracy Lynn Meredith

Tracy Lynn Meredith

A bookkeeper with the Clayton County Sheriff's Office faces eight felony counts of theft by conversion, after allegedly confessing to stealing about $6,000 in bond money.

Tracy Lynn Meredith, 40, of Stockbridge, was arrested Monday and will be terminated, said Sheriff Kem Kimbrough. She was booked into the same jail where she's worked for about two years, he said.

"We noticed oddities with accounting records and deposits over the past few months, and began an investigation," said Kimbrough. "After narrowing down suspects, we interviewed employees."

Kimbrough said the bookkeeper confessed to taking about $6,000 in posted bond money over the past few months.

Meredith's Facebook page shows she graduated in 1989 from Patrick Henry High School, in Stockbridge, and studied finance at Strayer University.

Meredith is the second sheriff's employee in less than two months to be arrested and charged with a job-related crimes.

Former sheriff's spokeswoman, Deputy Alicia Nicole Parkes, was indicted in March for obstruction of an officer and eavesdropping. Police said Parkes allegedly illegally recorded a co-worker using a courthouse bathroom.

-- Kathy Jefcoats