What is the deal with all the embezzling cases in Davidson County?
On Thursday, Ginger Grubb pleaded guilty to stealing more than $350,000 from the Welcome Fire Department while she was that organization’s treasurer. A retired teacher married to a former chief deputy at the Sheriff’s Office, Grubb was, one would think, a respected member of her community before she was caught grifting the agency entrusted to protect that community. Not only that, she was ripping off the taxpayers who help fund that agency – in other words, her neighbors.
But as distressing as it is to learn the person entrusted with money meant for, among other things, new equipment to keep firefighters working safely instead spent it on vacations, shopping and Netflix, it’s even more alarming that this is far from an isolated case. Others over the past year include:
• Former Thomasville chamber of commerce employees Krimson Wilson Brown and Amanda Blair Armstrong were charged in August with stealing more than $100,000 from the organization over a two-year period.
• Matthew Swift, the former manager of Lexington Parks and Recreation, stands accused of embezzling more than $21,000 from the department’s booster club. He was indicted in November.
• Just this week, a grand jury indicted Andrew Eads, a former employee of the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office, on 46 felony charges for allegedly embezzling $19,000 from the agency. Authorities say he stole from funds seized by the Sheriff’s Office in criminal investigations and covered his tracks by altering the department’s computer records.