A former employee University of Georgia has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $200,000 from the UGA Carl Vinson Institute, the entity responsible for determining the feasibility of creating new cities in Dunwoody, Sandy Springs and Brookhaven.

Rebecca Hill was sentenced to 20 years, but will serve one on house arrest because she is a first time offender and has health problems. She was also ordered to pay $219,795 in restitution, a press release from the state Attorney General’s office says.

According to the AG, “Hill, who was employed as a business manager at the Vinson Institute, created a scheme using forms called Petty Cash Disbursement Receipts (PCDRs), which are certified by the vendor and used to reimburse university employees who purchase supplies for the university with personal funds. Hill would prepare falsified PCDRs which stated that she or others had purchased property for the Vinson Institute, and then submit these forms to UGA for reimbursement from a petty cash fund. She submitted almost 500 fraudulent PCDRs between 2005 to 2009.”

Dan Whisenhunt

Dan Whisenhunt wrote for Reporter Newspapers from 2011 - 2014. He is the founder and editor of Decaturish.com