Councilwoman pleads not guilty in embezzlement case

7:37 PM, Oct 25, 2013   |    comments
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ATLANTA-- A Clarkston city councilwoman pleaded not guilty to charges that she embezzled money from a nonprofit community center she helped run.

Last week a federal grand jury indicted Joan Swaney, accusing her of embezzling $50,000 from the Clarkston Community Center. According to the indictment, she forged the signature of the facility's director on checks and deposited them into her own account. At Friday's hearing, a federal judge released Swaney on a signature bond.

The Clarkston Community Center provides recreation, education and other programs in Clarkston. Its director says it runs on a shoestring budget, funded mostly by donations and rental of the facility. For nine years, Swaney was the office manager. The indictment says the embezzlement scheme lasted two years.

Approached by an 11Alive News reporter, Swaney and her attorney declined comment.

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