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Woman Pleads Guilty Of Embezzling From Baptists, Gets Arrested Again

Tonya Woodward will seek probation on ten theft charges involving former employer
A former employee of the Columbia Baptist Association has been arrested on four additional charges involving alleged embezzlement of funds from the organization. The latest arrest of Tonya Woodward, 52, came shortly after she pleaded guilty to ten similar charges. They apparently involve additional grand jury indictments issued early this year.

Woodward was first charged in October, 2012 of stealing money from the Association where she was employed for several years. Those are the ones to which she pleaded guilty Wednesday. Woodward was arrested on the new charges a short time after returning home from the Houston County Courthouse.

Defense Attorney Matt Lamere said he is aware of the new charges though he has not yet seen the paperwork. He terms the circumstances “strange.” “They involve the same set of circumstances and the indictments appear to have been issued months ago, perhaps in January,” he said. “At least that is my understanding at this point.”

Woodward entered guilty pleas to the original charges before Houston County Circuit Judge Henry D. “Butch” Binford. An October 16 sentencing date was set. Woodward is expected to seek probation.

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