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Clerk accused of stealing $36,000 from Hall County Juvenile Court
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The Hall County Courthouse stands along Spring Street on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. The move over to the new Hall County Courthouse Annex is finished and now houses Juvenile and Probate courts. - photo by Austin Steele

A former Hall County Juvenile Court clerk is accused of stealing $36,000 from fines and fees paid to the court, according to authorities.

Court officials performed an audit after Lorena Marceleno, 36, of Gainesville, resigned in February.

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Lorena Marceleno

“The investigation revealed that Marceleno, who was in charge of deposits and account books, appropriated cash from fines and fees for her own use,” Hall County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Derreck Booth wrote in a news release.

Authorities believe Marceleno took the money between February 2016 and February of this year. A warrant for theft by taking was issued for Marceleno, who turned herself in Thursday, Dec. 13.

The case is still under investigation.

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