Dawn Taylor Robinson, who was arrested and charged two years ago with embezzling money from Victory Fellowship Church in Bremen, recently pled guilty to eight charges felony theft by taking.
Robinson, who had been scheduled for trial on May 7, entered a non-negotiated plea on April 18 to all eight counts before Haralson County Superior Court Judge Richard Sutton.
“The allegations before the court are that over $254,000 was taken during a ten year period as to specific restitution that has yet to be fixed by the court,” said District Attorney Robert “Bobby” Brooks.
On May 12, 2010, the Haralson County Sheriff’s Department arrested Robinson, 40, of 7345 Hwy. 120, Buchanan, in connection to an alleged financial fraud complaint logged in February by Victory Fellowship’s Reverend Sidney Garner. She was initially charged with 332 counts of theft by taking in reference to alleged embezzlement.
According to the complaint, Garner believes the former member and church secretary of took between $200,000 and $400,000.
According to the Haralson County District Attorney’s office, Robinson was originally scheduled to enter a plea of guilty on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, at the Haralson County Court House. However, on the scheduled date, Robinson’s attorney asked for a continuance.
While Robinson was initially charged with 332 counts of theft by taking, the DA’s office says they have grouped the multiple individual charges together, but the amount of funds she is accused of taking remains the same.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation assisted with the case and determined, through an audit, the amount of funds missing from the church’s account.
Victory Fellowship of 950 Hwy. 27 North, Bremen, has around 250 members. The money that is missing came out of the church’s general funds, most of which was earmarked for building improvements.
“These thefts were a significant violation of the trust placed by the church and, frankly, constitute a significant drain on the finances of the church family. I am pleased that the case is heading toward resolution and pray for healing of all involved,” said Haralson County Sheriff Eddie Mixon.