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Man accused of embezzling $75,000 from Road Atlanta
Officials say Road Atlanta employee stole racetrack funds for personal use over course of a year
Joseph Thomas Greene Jr
Joseph Thomas Greene Jr.

A Braselton man is accused of embezzling more than $75,000 from Road Atlanta over the course of a year.

The Hall County Sheriff’s Office reported Friday that Joseph Thomas Greene Jr., 33, was employed with the South Hall racetrack when he stole funds for his personal use.

Warrants were obtained Tuesday and Greene was booked on 47 counts of transaction card fraud and one felony count of theft by deception. Greene is out on $30,000 bond.

“Road Atlanta can confirm that issues were found late in 2013 that resulted in a staff member’s termination,” read a statement from Geoff Lee, Road Atlanta’s president and general manager. “All matters have been turned over to local authorities and it would not be appropriate to comment further until they finish their enquiry.”

According to the affidavit, between Sept. 29, 2012, and Dec. 17, 2013, Greene stole about $26,000 from Road Atlanta by falsifying expense reports.

“(Greene) did receive $26,153.80 ... by deceitful means by submitting expense reports representing reported valid Road Atlanta purchases for which he was reimbursed by Road Atlanta when in fact he made personal purchases without authority,” the warrant read.

The transaction card fraud stemmed from Greene’s use of a Road Atlanta banking card on 40 occasions “with intent to defraud to obtain personal goods and services without authority,” the warrant said.

“The transactions were mainly related to the company’s credit card, which of course leaves a paper trail,” said Sheriff’ Office spokesman Deputy Nicole Bailes.

Warrants said Greene had also defrauded the company for personal purchases with a Lowe’s card on four occasions and a Home Depot card on three occasions.

Greene’s occupation was listed as Project Manager at Prime Retail Service in Oakwood in court records. He did not have a prior criminal record in Hall County.

He requested a committal hearing to show probable cause at his first appearance in Hall County Magistrate Court. The hearing is set for March 24.

Greene was out of town and not accessible for comment Friday.

Bailes said the case remains under investigation and further information was unavailable.