A Chattooga County Grand Jury returned a “true bill” of indictment against former Summerville Police Department employee Stacy Fountain. Fountain is accused of diverting funds from the Santa in Uniform Charity for personal use.
The GBI has been investigating the case for over two years. Back in 2017, Summerville Police Chief Stan Moseley told reporters, “We received some information that the account was short of funds so we looked into it and contacted the bank and found out there was some discrepancies in the bookkeeping so that’s when I contacted the GBI for them to take over the case.”
Stacy Fountain, an eighteen-year veteran of the Summerville Police Department, resigned in the wake of the missing funds investigation. She was in charge of the Santa in Uniform accounts, according to city officials.
On Monday, Police Chief Stan Mosley issued a press release stating that the police department was “pleased to see this case moving from the investigative stage to the courtroom stage.” Mosley said in the statement that before the indictment was handed down, the police department had “retooled” certain policies and procedures that have been in place since the theft of funds came to light in 2017.
Moseley also said that since the theft was discovered, Santa in Uniform has reorganized into a 501(c)(3) charitable organization with “robust system of checks and balances to prevent this sort of act from every occurring again.”