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Former Hill employee indicted, too

A former Clayton County sheriff's employee has been indicted for perjury, and theft by taking, in connection with the 37 charges lodged against her ex-boss.

Beatrice Danea Powell, 37, of Rex, surrendered to the Clayton County Sheriff 's Office Thursday evening. She was expected to immediately post a $20,000 bond.

Powell was indicted Wednesday for perjury and theft by taking. Prosecutors allege that she lied under oath in August to a special purpose grand jury investigating former Clayton sheriff Victor Hill. Indictments allege that Powell also lived with Hill.

The alleged lies concerned paid leave Powell reportedly took, so she could take personal vacations with Hill. She was indicted for theft, for allegedly collecting her pay under false pretenses.

The indictment alleges that Powell lied when she told the grand jury she didn't travel out of state with Hill Aug. 6, 2008, through Nov. 20, 2008. Powell also allegedly lied when she told the same panel that she was too sick to travel, or work during that time.

Grand jurors also charge that she lied about not living with Hill until after Dec. 31, 2008, the day Hill officially left office.

Hill served one term as sheriff during 2005-2008. He was indicted Wednesday on 37 counts, including ones connected to Powell's charges. He is being held in the Gwinnett County Jail on $50,000 bond.

–– Kathy Jefcoats