Temp employee accused of stealing $86,000 from Augusta

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News12 at 6 o'clock/ Oct. 28, 2013

Augusta,Ga (WRDW)---A temp agency employee is accused of stealing more 80-thousand dollars from the city of Augusta.Now commissioners want to know what went wrong.

50-year-old Terrilynn Brown has bonded out of jail. She is facing charges of theft by deception.

Some city employees could be fired once the full investigation is complete. Brown is out of a job and will need a lawyer after being accused of stealing $86,000 from the city. "We hear more about things happening from the media then we do our administrator," said Commissioner Mary Davis.

"Whoever is responsible we are going to hold them accountable, meaning a suspension or a possible termination," said Commissioner Alvin Mason.

The police report states Brown was a secretary working with Augusta's Utilities Department on a construction project that ended in 2011. Deputies accuse her of staying on the job after it was over, filling out time sheets for several months and stealing thousands in the process.

"This went on for a year and a half before we found out about it," said Augusta Utilities Director Tom Wiedmeier.

News12 went to Brown's home to get her side of the story. She wasn't home so we left our number.

"No one should steal anything from their employer. I would hope the appropriate action is taken," said Commissioner Davis.

"We are not going to jump the gun. We are going to go through the investigative process. I find it extremely hard to believe someone could take that amount of money and no one else knew about it," said Commissioner Alvin Mason.

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