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A Peach County tax official who was being investigated for embezzling county funds was arrested Monday morning after turning herself in.

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Peach County Chief Deputy Tax Commissioner Cindy Doles was booked into the county jail charged with fiduciary theft and taking property greater than $24,999.99, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Both charges are felonies.

Doles' bond was set at $10,000, and it has been posted.

According to her arrest warrant, Doles admitted taking funds paid by residents for vehicle taxes from February 2009 to January 2015.

"Mrs. Doles had the legal right as an employee of the county to receive money on behalf of the tax office. But when she took that money and converted to her own use, it became a violation of the law," said GBI Special Agent J. T. Ricketson.

Doles was let go on January 23rd. She had worked there for nearly 21 years.

Ricketson said Peach County Tax Commissioner W. L. Brown contacted the Peach County Sheriff's Office after seeing money wasn't being properly deposited and did an internal audit.

When someone paid for their tag, Doles sent $20 to the state and allegedly kept the county's share, possibly hundreds of dollars at a time. Ricketson said since the state got its share of the money, the tag wouldn't expire.

"And the county doesn't know because the person still has their tag. It's not expired so it doesn't show any problem," he said. "When things like this happen, you feel violated. Everybody's violated over in Peach County. But especially the tax commissioner because he did have her in a very trusted position."

Elise Brown went to Doles' home, but no one answered the door.

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