Carrollton, GA -- A vice-president with the state’s second largest technical college was arrested on felony charges of theft by taking.
Vice President of Institutional Advancement for West Georgia Technical College, Sylvia Dawn Cook turned herself in to authorities Friday and was released from the Carroll County Jail after posting a $10,000 bond.
The single count comes after a 6-month long investigation by the Georgia Bureau Of Investigations.
Cook was placed on administrative leave back in May when the school learned that the state attorney general’s office had initiated an investigation into accusations of “mishandled funds.”
Wayne Smith with the GBI says a search warrant was executed on May 3rd where computers and other records were seized from the WGTC office.
“This stems from a theft allegation that she had handled school funds and converted those to her own use,” Smith told WLBB Radio Saturday. “The affidavit lists about $9,000 as the amount that was actually stolen.”
Smith says there is no indication that anyone else was involved in the alleged theft.
“This is just a classic case of someone who had authority with funds that were associated with an institution like this… and moved them around and they eventually ended up in their personal account,” Smith said. “We do know that the funds were moved into a personal account and they were spent from there.”
This afternoon, Smith could not verify whether the allegedly stolen funds were taken from a "state account" or "WGTC Foundation account."
WGTC school officials are not commenting on the arrest at time.
President Skip Sullivan on Saturday said, “An investigation is ongoing. It’s a personnel matter for the college and we do not comment on those issues.”
As of Saturday morning, Sullivan says Cook is still employed.
“Ms. Cook has been an employee of the college… has been on leave for a while,” he said. “That’s where we stand at this time.”