As of Thursday, April 4, 2013
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ALBANY, Ga. — Deborah Shirley, 55, was arrested Thursday on 10 charges of theft against her former employer, Shutters Plus/Kitchens Design, according to Kim Baker, agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
According to Baker, Shirley was booked in the Dougherty County jail after being charged with six counts of financial transaction fraud, two counts of forgery in the first degree, one count of theft by deception and one count of deposit account fraud. Baker said the total amount taken from the the business was approximately $21,000.
The case was referred to the GBI on Jan. 31 by Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards representatives with Shutters Plus/kitchen Design presented the allegations of theft.
Edwards said the referral was standard procedure when the accused is related to a high-ranking local law enforcement official. Shirley is the wife of Col. Mark Shirley with Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office.
“That’s always the best course of action in these situations,” Edwards said.