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Arrested fugitive accused of $1M theft
Clarkesville man worked at radio station, charged with embezzling Calif. employer
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Robert Berry

A Clarkesville man was arrested by U.S. Marshals this week on charges he embezzled more than $1 million from a former employer in California.

Thomas Robert Berry, 52, was picked up Wednesday by agents with the Southeastern Regional Fugitive Task Force at a Clarkesville radio station, where he worked as an advertising sales representative, U.S. Marshal Service Inspector Alex Camacho said.

Camacho declined to name the radio station, but Habersham County Sheriff Joey Terrell said Berry was formerly employed by WCHM News Talk 1490.

Camacho said Berry was wanted on an arrest warrant obtained by the Los Angeles Police Department charging him with larceny, grand theft and theft by access card.

Berry is accused of embezzling $1.1 million from a former employer in 2003, Camacho said. He did not know who the employer was.

Officials with the Los Angeles Police Department could not immediately provide information on the case Thursday.

Camacho said the task force was assisted by the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office in locating Berry, who was wanted by the Marshal Service’s Pacific Southwest Regional Task Force.

Berry was a fugitive since 2003 but made no efforts to change identities, though he did take steps to “fly under the radar,” Camacho said, noting that he did not own a home or have utilities in his name.

Berry remained in the Habersham County jail without bond Thursday pending extradition to California.

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