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Former director of Albany Outreach arrested for theft

By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An Albany man is facing charges with stealing thousands of dollars from the SOWEGA Council on Aging's Alzheimers outreach program. 

 The former director of the Albany Outreach Center resigned from his position before anyone noticed the missing funds.

44-year-old Johann Vandermerwe was arrested in October for 31 counts of theft by conversion and two counts of theft by taking. Authorities say of the more than $77,000 taken only about $20,000 haa been recovered.

The missing money hasn't prevented the center from providing daycare services and home respite care to Alzheimer patients for the SOWEGA Council of Aging.

"To this point it is still Albany Outreach Center, and they are still providing the service and doing a good job with it. And it is a vital, vital program," said SOWEGA Aging Council Director Kay Hind.

The arraignment for Vandermerwe is scheduled for April 6th. The investigation started last September after the new director noticed problems with the center's budget.

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