Ex-state employee pleads guilty to stealing $29K


A former employee with the Oconee River Soil and Water Conservation District will serve two years in prison for stealing more than $29,000 from the district.

Susan Peppers Hardy pleaded guilty Thursday to forgery charges. After two years in prison, she will spend eight years on probation.

The theft took place between April 2006 and October 2009. At the time, Hardy was a part-time secretary with the Winder office. According to the state Attorney General’s Office, the treasurer of the district board noticed inconsistencies in expenditure reports and missing bank statements. Hardy later confessed to the treasurer and state investigators that the money was stolen through schemes, the Attorney General’s Office said.

Hardy was ordered to pay more than $29,000 for the theft.