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Dawsonville woman booked after alleged theft from charity
Fraud arrest

One woman remains in custody at the Dawson County Detention Center after being apprehended for allegedly taking money from a local church charity last fall.

Crystal Hope Dyer, 33, of Dawsonville was arrested by the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office on April 29 just after 3:30 p.m. She was charged with one count of felony theft by taking and third-degree forgery each as well as seven counts of identity fraud. 

A previous DCSO news release showed that Dyer was also arrested on Dec. 12, 2021 and accused of possessing drugs with the intent to distribute.

The alleged fraud-related offenses occurred between Nov. 17-Dec. 30, 2021, according to nine DCSO warrants. 

The theft by taking warrant accused Dyer of appropriating $3,000 from St. Vincent De Paul Christ Society “by utilizing seven fraudulent checks with the charity listed as the payee and the checks made payable to Crystal Dyer by cashing said checks or depositing them into a bank account.” 

One of the identity fraud warrants stated Dyer allegedly issued a check under false pretenses  by posing as a landlord to receive a check from the charity. Most of the fraud charges and the forgery one accused Dyer of issuing checks using the organization’s information to an account at a bank in Dawson County.

Her bond for the April 29 arrest has been set at $27,700. 

DCN will update this story as more information becomes available.