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Former Hall County Jail clerk sentenced for stealing from inmates' accounts
Trina Burtch

A former Hall County Jail clerk was sentenced last week for taking money out of inmate accounts.

Trina Banks Burtch, 48, of Gainesville, received a sentence April 10 of three years with six months to be served at the Hall County Jail under a first-time offender status. If she fulfills the terms of the sentence, the court will discharge the offense without “adjudication of guilt and (she) shall be completely exonerated of guilt.”

Defense attorney Andy Maddox did not return a request for comment Wednesday.

According to a November 2014 news release from the Hall County Sheriff’s Office, Burtch was accused of stealing “approximately $900 from inmate accounts.”

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation took on the case after a request from the sheriff’s office. Burtch resigned Nov. 3, 2014, and arrest warrants were obtained Nov. 21, 2014.

She was charged with 14 counts of transaction card theft.

“These types of incidents are disappointing, but we will continue to hold our employees accountable for their actions,” Sheriff Gerald Couch said at the time of the arrest. “My administration will not tolerate such conduct by employees.”

According to the special terms of probation, Burtch is not allowed to work in the criminal justice system or work with the elderly.

Superior Court Judge Jason Deal also allowed Burtch to use “her personal vehicle to travel from the Hall County Work Release facility to her place of employment.”

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