Former BGC CEO indicted

Tia Lynn Ivey News

The former chief executive officer of the Boys & Girls Club of North Central Georgia has been indicted on nine counts of theft by taking. Landers Thomas stands accused of stealing nearly $40,000 from the Boys and Girls Club. He was arrested and charged on Nov. 17, 2017. Morgan County Grand Jury handed down the indictment last week, chronicling each instance of the alleged theft by taking.

A contrite Thomas wrote a letter to the court pleading for mercy due to falling on hard times. According to Thomas, in the time since his arrest, he has been in a serious car accident, lost his lawyer, and has struggled to keep his children and their mother from being evicted from their home.

“I would offer to be considered for the First Time Offender Program with restitution (set by Assistant DA), probation and community service,” wrote Thomas. “My intent and purpose are to be accountable, close this chapter for the Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central Georgia, the community, my family and me.”

Landers pledged to “honor my promise to God as He was changing me and allowing me to walk a path that I have been running from for years. I don’t know what else to and pray that each of you feel that there is  a chance for me, but I accept whatever is determined and look forward to what is ahead for me.”

The indictment alleges that Landers began stealing money from the Boys and Girls Club between October 2015 and May 2017 by improperly using the organization’s debit cards and checks for personal purchases.

Last year, President and CEO Bob Mackey penned a letter following Thomas’ separation from the Boys and Girls Club in May 2017. Mackey said the organization “confronted the employee (Thomas) and immediately took steps to separate the employee from the organization; contacted proper local authorities, filed a report and continues to provide the authorities with information for their case against (Thomas).”

Mackey said “… the organization acted swiftly rectifying the situation and named new leadership, true professionals, who are more than qualified to step into their roles to better serve the children of our communities. Policies and procedures have been tightened to ensure that this will not happen again.”

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