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Ex-school bookkeeper to be charged

WINDER - The former bookkeeper at Holsenbeck Elementary School will face criminal charges after more than $43,000 was discovered missing from the school's funds.

Lucretia Wages Carder, 45, of Winder was fired last spring after a state audit revealed financial discrepancies in her books. The case was turned over to the Barrow County Sheriff's Office in June.

Sheriff's investigators obtained warrants for her arrest Wednesday and expects to serve those warrants on Thursday, Chief Deputy Maj. Murray Kogod said. He does not consider Carder a flight risk.

"She has been very cooperative with us," he said.

Carder is charged with three counts each of forgery and theft by taking.

"We will vigorously prosecute," said Lynn Stevens, District 5 school board member.

Tuesday, a training session was held for Barrow County's principals and bookkeepers to reinforce policies and procedures.

Superintendent Ron Saunders said he is grateful for the audit process and its discovery.

"We are all accountable to the taxpayers," Saunders said. "We have a solid system in place that manages our finances and provides for checks and balance. This was a matter of trust and our trust was violated."