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Former bank manager indicted for theft
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Forsyth County News

The Forsyth County Grand Jury has indicted a former bank branch manager on charges of stealing more than $25,000 from the business and its customer accounts.

Deborah Stewart, 56, of Cumming is accused of three counts of identity fraud, two counts of third-degree forgery and one count each of second-degree forgery and theft by taking.

The thefts reportedly occurred between October and December last year at the First Citizens Bank of Georgia branch on Bethelview Road in west Forsyth, which Stewart managed at the time.

The indictment, handed down this week, charges Stewart with taking more than $25,000 from the bank, as well as using three customer’s checks and withdrawal slips for $1,500 or more each.

The additional charges of computer forgery, computer theft and computer trespass initially levied by the sheriff’s office were dismissed.

Stewart turned herself in at the Forsyth County Detention Center in May on a warrant for her arrest. She posted bond of $70,900 the following day.

The sheriff’s office launched its investigation in January when the bank’s president and chief executive officer, Charles Buckner, reported a routine internal review determined money was missing.

Buckner said previously that no customer “incurred any loss or has been financially impacted by the situation.”

The case has been assigned to Forsyth County Superior Court Judge David Dickinson. No court appearances have been scheduled.