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Former Dougherty County Commissioner pleads guilty

December 29, 2006

Albany - Former Dougherty County Commissioner Brenda Robinson Cutler has pleaded guilty to theft.

Cutler, who resigned from the commission in October, entered the plea Thursday.  As part of the deal, she will serve 12 months electronic home confinement and 10 years probation.

Cutler was indicted last year on 14 counts of abusing her position at the Albany Area Resource Center. She was accused of stealing from the bank accounts of eight of the disabled people the agency served. She was also accused of giving jobs to her friends and family members, which violates the Center's rules.

Cutler pleaded guilty to Count 10 of the indictment, stealing $19,030 dollars from the account of a man named John Renew.   In exchange, she was given first offender status, which means her criminal record will be wiped clean after she completes her probation.

Cutler, who says she has cancer, was scheduled to stand trial January 8th, 2007. The District three seat she held on the commission remains vacant until a special election in March.