Cobb drug court worker charged with theft of cash
by Kim Isaza
November 17, 2012 01:44 AM | 8781 views | 19 19 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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MARIETTA — A woman who works in the adult drug court within Cobb Superior Court was arrested Friday afternoon on charges of skimming an unknown amount of cash from the office.

Tomasita Reavis, 55, of Marietta, had been a full-time employee in the drug court office for four years, after transferring there from the Cobb Sheriff’s Office, where she had worked since 2002.

She earned $17.03 per hour in drug court before she was fired Friday afternoon.

Cobb Police Sgt. Dana Pierce said Reavis is charged with felony theft by taking. Because she is a government employee with a fiduciary responsibility, the theft is automatically a felony, regardless of amount, he said.

It’s not yet known how long the alleged thefts have been occurring.

Court Administrator Tom Charron said other drug-court employees alerted him that something wasn’t right, and he asked the Cobb-Marietta-Smyrna task force to investigate.

Offenders come to the drug-court office, which is in the basement of the old Superior Court building on Waddell Street, to have drug and alcohol tests done on-site. The urine tests vary in cost, but the average is $25, and receipts are written.

The thefts were done purely by taking cash, Charron said, and the court will also now conduct an audit.

“I can’t even tell you the amounts, it’s so preliminary right now,” Charron said Friday afternoon. “I want to emphasize that no member of the public was denied a service. They paid, they got the service. All samples were accounted for.”

The cash collected is supposed to be turned over to Superior Court Clerk Jay C. Stephenson’s office daily.

Although Charron said there is no indication any other employee was involved in the thefts, he acknowledged that proper accounting oversight was not done. Reavis was one of five employees in the drug court, reporting to director Christy Garrett.

“The procedures are there, they just have not been adhered to,” Charron said. “We’ll be reviewing procedures to tighten up where we need to. … I feel good that our people came to me, and we were able to go to the police.”

Recently retired Superior Court Judge George Kreeger oversees the adult drug court, and now as a senior judge will continue to do so, Charron said.

Kreeger was unaware of the thefts, and the situation had “nothing at all” to do with his Sept. 28 retirement, Charron said.
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Knowing Eye
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November 19, 2012
I enthusiastically echo the comment by Lisa D that Judge Kreeger is one of the most honorable men I have ever met or known (through proceedings only). Additionally, he has patience like I have never seen or experienced EVER, and he cares deeply for those who, for various reasons, have become addicted to drugs and alcohol.

The fact that stealing was happening under numerous noses doesn't suprise me in the least.
MAY-RETTA SURVIVOR
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November 19, 2012
17.03 per hour? What a greedy little piggy.
Drug Court Graduate
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November 19, 2012
It is truly a shame that this transpired. This is a GOOD program that changes peoples lives for the better. I pray that it does not affect the progress of the program as a whole. It takes every member of the program to make it a success, and I believe whole heartedly (as my life is so much better now) that it is. Judge Kreeger sincerely deserves his senior title, he has earned it, and I know he doesnt participate in the day to day administrative responsibilities of the program- NOR SHOULD HE! Drug Court works!
Lisa D
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November 19, 2012
AMEN!
Drug Court Works!!!
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November 19, 2012
I am also proof that this program works! Judge Kreeger is a very caring man who is truly a blessing to the people in this program and in no way would have had any knowledge of this wrong doing!!!
Doesn't Add Up
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November 18, 2012
It needs to be investigated if Kreeger, indeed, was not aware of these thefts -- especially before he TAKES senior status, if he already has not TAKEN it. What information does Charron have that Kreeger didn't know of the thefts, or is he just saying this summarily, without any evidence to cover for a friend. Hopefully, Charron also wasn't involved. The U.S. Attorney's office should include this among the crookedness their investigating in Cobb County government. Hopefully, there will be lots of indictments.
Lisa D
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November 19, 2012
FYI ~ Judge Kreeger hasn't gone anywhere and THANKFULLY he is still the judge over the drug court program and will continue to be! I can guarantee that he was not involved in this in any shape or form nor did he have any knowledge that it was going on. Had he known do you seriously think that he would continue to let "Ms. Tomi" work there and say nothing?? Do you think he was getting kick backs from measly $35.00 drug tests? I can only imagine what the man makes and if anyone really thought about it they would see how very ridiculous your comment sounds! I know Judge Keeger, NOT on a personal level, but he was MY JUDGE for 18 months and he is one of the most honorable men I have ever known. Honestly, you should probably think before you speak and shame on you for even throwing such a comment out there.
Something's Wrong
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November 21, 2012
If Kreeger didn't, in fact, know money was being stolen, as its administrator, he or someone else (Charron?) should have known. That's his job. No one should be the administrator of a program where MONEY CONSISTENTLY is coming in and he is not ensuring it is properly shepharded -- that's a very poor administrator. This is something the FBI certainly should investigate because Cobb officials(?) try and gloss over each others' misdeeds. The fidiciary responsibilty is not abdicated because someone thinks he's a nice person. Ultimately, that's taxpayer money.
shameonher
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November 17, 2012
This is a shame!
Kreeger
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November 17, 2012
I'll bet Judge Kreeger was aware of this situation. He is not the good guy most folks think he is.
Drug Court Works
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November 19, 2012
And your a idiot! just say'n.
Pot Meet Kettle
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November 19, 2012
No, *You're* an idiot.
MaddinMarietta
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November 17, 2012
Probation officers and the Cobb Cunty Courts are part of this since they make the probationers go once a week to take the drug test. Why would someone need to take a drug test every week at a cost of $35? Someone is making money!
umeanweresmokingdogs
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November 19, 2012
MaddinMarietta,

Vent to some other dope heads who care. Get busted, pay the price. I am sure it hurts to pay 35 for a drug test, but hey... That's 35 bucks you cannot use toward your drug habit. Awwwweee :-(
Cobb Employee
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November 17, 2012
I don't steal, but I still barely manage to make ends meet. This one court employee has given all of Cobb a black eye. Tell Tim Lee Cobb Employees need a raise. We haven't had a raise in years.

No Raise Either
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November 18, 2012
I haven't had a raise, either. And I don't work for Cobb County government. We're all suffering because of the economy Bush created. And you probably voted for him; therefore, you shouldn't complain.
I Guess
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November 19, 2012
It was Bush's fault for the potholes on Whitlock Ave too??? You whining liberal idiot! And yes, I too haven't had a raise in five years and wish things were different - but the moochers won this round.
Jist Like Romney
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November 20, 2012
Get on unemployment and food stamps and let someone else have that job. Apparently, that's what you want to do anyway. Why do you government worker, rednecks, including "I Guess" keep complaining. We're tired of hearing you whine.
It's Bush's fault.
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November 21, 2012
Yes, the Whitlock Avenue pot holes are Bush's fault. If he hadn't put us in such a financial bind, we could afford to fix them. Think of the man for whom you voted, each time you ride over a Whitlock Avenue bump and continue to ruin our cars.
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