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Woman operating faith-based sobriety house faces fraud charges
Starla Pope

The operator of a Dahlonega faith-based sobriety house investigated for alleged fraud was wanted under a different name in Arkansas, according to authorities.

Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Alan Roach said authorities began investigating “possible criminal activity” at the Experience of Grace Ministries sobriety house on Tipton Drive in Dahlonega, which is run by Starla Pope.

“It has been reported that she was involved in fraud against some clients. However, the case is still being investigated,” Roach wrote in an email.

Authorities discovered Pope was wanted in Arkansas under the name Starla Occhito on charges of credit card fraud and theft of a credit card, Roach said.

“Once this was learned, Starla Pope aka Starla Occhito was arrested and detained on the warrant from Arkansas,” Roach said.

The alleged fraudulent activity is still being investigated, and anyone who may have been a victim is asked to contact Capt. Marcus Sewell at 706-482-2619.