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Hall DA seeks GBI inquiry into missing clerk funds
Bureau supervisor is fired
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An employee has been fired and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into allegations of stolen money from the Hall County Clerk of Courts office, officials confirmed Wednesday.

No charges have been filed, but Hall County Clerk of Courts Charles Baker said Wednesday he terminated the supervisor of his traffic violations bureau two weeks ago for "violations of office policies."

The GBI, in turn, has been investigating allegations of missing funds from the clerk's office since May 26, according to spokesman John Bankhead.

Bankhead said Hall County District Attorney Lee Darragh asked the bureau to step into the investigation of the missing funds, but neither Bankhead nor Darragh would comment further Wednesday, citing the ongoing investigation.

Baker would not officially name the terminated employee, but a website for the Superior Court Clerks Association of Georgia lists the supervisor of the traffic violations bureau as Gail Baugh.

Baugh has been employed with the clerk of courts office for more than 20 years. She has not been charged with a crime.

"This is a worst nightmare for me — an investigation like this," Baker said. "...To have to terminate an employee. Basically, that's a difficult thing to do. Before I became a clerk, I was a coworker (of the terminated employee)."

Baker said the traffic violations bureau of his office is now under the supervision of the head of the criminal division.


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