Former Sylvester business owner indicted on theft charges

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Southwestern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Plez Hardin says Janice Craft was indicted by a Webster County Grand Jury on July 14th on Theft by Conversion and Theft by Deception.

Hardin says Craft is accused of converting hundreds of thousands of dollars from Merritt Pecan in Webster County to her own personal use.

After the indictment, Webster County Sheriff's office learned Craft was in Oklahoma where she has family.

Craft was arrested in Oklahoma on August 14th during a traffic stop.

She refused to waive an extradition.

The DA office had a Governor's warrant sent to Oklahoma so that Craft could be extradited back to Georgia.

Craft was released on $6,000 bond on our about September 8th with the condition she turn herself in to Webster County by November 5th.

Craft is represented by Kirby Clements, Jr. of Decatur.

Mr. Clements tells WALB News 10 Craft plans to turn herself in within two weeks and that this is a civil case that has been made into a criminal case.

He called the criminal charges against his client ridiculous.

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