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Former Bolton city clerk taken into custody for embezzlement

Shelia Williams
Shelia Williams (photo courtesy of the OSA)

A former Bolton city clerk has been arrested for embezzlement.

State Auditor Shad White on Tuesday announced that special agents from his office took Shelia Williams into custody. Williams is accused of embezzling cash payments from the city of Bolton’s water department.

Williams was served with a $35,882.59 demand letter at the time of her arrest. She faces up to 20 years and $5,000 in fines if convicted.

“Thank you to the investigators who worked this case in my office and the prosecutors who chose to take it,” White said. “Working together, we will continue to put a stop to misuse of taxpayer dollars.”

A $50,000 surety bond covers Williams’ employment for the city of Bolton. Surety bonds are similar to insurance designed to protect taxpayers from corruption. Williams will remain liable for the full amount of the demand in addition to criminal proceedings.

All persons arrested by the state auditor’s office are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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