A former clerk at the Spalding County Tax Commissioner’s Office has been charged with theft after allegedly embezzling funds intended for tax payments. Alteria Williams, 27, is now facing legal consequences as authorities discovered inconsistencies in the office’s financial records.
The investigation into Williams was initiated by Tax Commissioner Sylvia Hollums, who noticed irregularities in the accounts over the past few months. The case gained momentum when a citizen reported that he had made a cash payment for his taxes at the tax commissioner’s office in mid-May but later received a notice claiming he had not paid.
Upon returning to the office to settle the remaining taxes, the citizen did not receive a receipt as expected. Unsatisfied, he returned the following day and demanded receipts for both transactions. Williams, the clerk involved, informed him that she had not provided a receipt earlier due to a broken printer. To resolve the situation, Williams issued a fake receipt for the transactions, told WSB-TV.
Following these incidents, Williams voluntarily surrendered herself to the Spalding County Jail on Thursday. She is now facing charges including two counts of theft by taking and two counts of computer forgery. As the investigation remains ongoing, Sheriff Darrell Dix has indicated the possibility of additional charges against Williams.
Records from the Spalding County Jail indicate that Williams has since been released on bond. The case serves as a reminder of the importance of maintaining integrity and transparency in public office, and authorities are committed to pursuing justice in this matter.