Columbia County authorities today arrested the former treasurer of an Evans neighborhood association for stealing more than $267,000.
Laurie Wainwright Vanover, 45, of Andover Court, Evans, surrendered this morning on charges of theft by taking, theft by conversion, credit card fraud and computer theft.
Vanover is accused of embezzling $267,663.08 from the Stratford Community Association from 2008-2012 while acting as treasurer. Once the thefts were discovered and she was confronted, authorities say she began cooperating.
Vanover is well-known and active in the area, having worked as a licensed real estate agent and served on the Columbia County Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Stratford Community Association is located off Hardy McManus Road and has nearly 500 homes. The association collects dues and maintains the pool, activity field, park and other areas.
Vanover remains in jail at this hour under a $40,400 bond.