The former Chief Financial Officer of Forsyth County-based law firm Jarrard and Davis was arrested by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office this week, charged with allegedly misappropriating more than $100,000 from the firm and a local chapter of the Cub Scouts of America, authorities say.
Brian Thomas Hieber, 47, of Forsyth County was taken into custody on Wednesday following an investigation by the sheriff’s office’s High Tech Crimes Unit into allegations which had been made by Jarrard and Davis and a Forsyth County-based Cub Scout pack where Hieber previously served as treasurer.
Authorities were initially alerted to Heiber’s alleged improprieties in August 2019 when a representative of Cub Scout Pack 254, which operates out of Bethelview United Methodist Church, contacted the sheriff’s office concerning a former volunteer treasurer, Hieber, who was allegedly refusing to turn banking information over to pack leaders and may have been embezzling or misusing money from the group, a sheriff’s office incident report states.
In November, as detectives worked to investigate bank records from Pack 254, an additional report was filed with the sheriff’s office by representatives of Jarrard and Davis, who alleged that Hieber, the firm’s CFO, had been stealing funds from the company for over a year.
"Through the investigation by our High Tech Crimes Unit, we were able to connect the two cases," sheriff’s office spokesman Cpl. Doug Rainwater said on Wednesday.
According to representatives from Jarrard and Davis, Hieber was hired as CFO in March 2018, had sole access to the firm’s payroll and accounting software, and allegedly stole $101,918.51 from the firm.
“Between Mr. Hieber’s date of hire and his fire date of [Nov. 8, 2019], he had given himself unauthorized pay raises, did not pay medical insurance costs, and provided himself with an unauthorized 6% SEP IRA match,” the report states.
After these two cases were connected, investigators were able to form a joint investigation of Hieber’s alleged activity, seizing his bank accounts and securing warrants for his arrest, according to Rainwater.
Hieber has been charged with five felony counts including theft by taking, theft by deception, computer crimes/invasion of privacy and violation of the Georgia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act.
According to Rainwater, the Georgia RICO Act is applied to "criminal enterprises" where multiple crimes are taking place at the same time against multiple victims.
In a statement to the Forsyth County News, Cub Scout Charter Organization Representative Patrick Bell called the incident unfortunate and said that since the allegations have come to light their organization has altered their procedures to ensure it will not happen again.
“It is always unfortunate when one uncovers suspected wrongdoing, such as theft of funds, and especially difficult when the victim is a scout unit and church,” Bell said. “Since this was initially uncovered, church and scout leadership have instituted new policies and procedures to ensure this issue will not occur in the future.”
A representative from Jarrard and Davis declined to comment on the incident.As of Wednesday evening, Hieber was held in the Forsyth County Jail under no bond.