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Former Liberty House book keeper arrested

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March 12, 2008

Albany -- The former book keeper of the Liberty House Battered Women's Shelter was arrested Wednesday, charged with stealing tens of thousands of dollars from the non-profit agency.

41 year old Melinda Fay Ward was charged with ten felony counts of forgery, computer forgery, and theft by taking.

WALB News Ten first reported one week ago that the Liberty House discovered the missing money during an end of the year audit. The Executive Director and Board Members took their evidence to the District Attorney's Office. Their Investigators issued arrest warrants Wednesday morning.

Dougherty Chief Asst. D.A. Greg Edwards said "we took the information provided by Liberty House officials, and we began an investigation. Executed search warrants, and obtained documents relative to the situation. And went from there."

Liberty House Directors say they still are not sure how much money is missing, but it is in the tens of thousands of dollars. And they say they are not sure what affect the theft will have on their finances in the long run.

Ward was released on 45-thousand dollars bond.

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