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Former deputy clerk, cohort plead guilty
Two agree to testify against former official
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Sentencing has been delayed until September for a former Dawson County deputy clerk of court and her accomplice who admitted last week they had taken about $82,000 from an office account.

  

Donna Sheriff, 42, and Justin Disharoon, 22, both of Dawsonville, pleaded guilty June 8 to their roles in the theft from the office, where she had worked since 1994.

  

Superior Court Judge Kathlene Gosselin delayed sentencing until fall, when the two are expected to testify against former Dawson County Clerk of Courts Becky McCord.

  

McCord, who resigned earlier this year amid a separate theft investigation, was arrested in February, about three weeks after Sheriff and Disharoon.

  

Authorities have said McCord wrote more than $200,000 in checks to herself over several years from a clerk’s office passport account, though she was entitled only to about $77,000 of the money.

  

The probe into the missing funds expanded to include McCord after authorities learned Sheriff had written two dozen checks to Disharoon, a former contract worker, on an escrow account used to hold cash bonds.

  

Northeastern Circuit Assistant District Attorney John Wilbanks said McCord’s case is not expected to move forward in the next few months.

  

Last week, her attorneys filed a motion asking for more time to review any evidence against her.

  

McCord, who had served as clerk of courts since 1993, entered a not guilty plea during her May 18 arraignment.

  

Pam Henson, who was appointed by the four judges of the Northeastern Judicial Circuit in late March, is serving as interim clerk until a special election to fill the post can be held July 20.

  

Ten candidates have qualified to seek the position.

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