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Clarkston’s former vice mayor has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $60,000 from the Clarkston Community Center, the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia announced today.

Former vice mayor and city councilwoman Joan Swaney, 67, pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud in connection with multiple thefts from the community center coffers, according to the indictment.

Swaney – who was elected to the Clarkston City Council in 2010 and last year served as Clarkston’s vice mayor – resigned in October after she was indicted by a federal grand jury in Atlanta, prosecutors said. At the time, Swaney said she did not want her pending legal issues to cause any embarrassment to the council or the city, according to a news release that Clarkston Mayor Emanuel Ransom issued at the time. Swaney, whose term would have expired this month, is married to former Clarkston Mayor Lee Swaney.

Swaney’s lawyer, Augusta attorney Danny Durham, said Swaney has agreed to repay the money she stole, took responsibility for her actions, and cooperated with the FBI when they confronted her with the thefts. “It’s just a sad situation where someone goes through life,… never had a problem with the law in her life, then got in a bad financial way with a lot of medical expenses her husband had,” Durham said. “She lost her insurance back in 2009, 2010, and that’s when everything started.”

via ATLaw – The Daily Report’s blog about Georgia’s legal community.

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