The DeKalb County Grand Jury has returned a four count indictment against Lawanda Harkness for her role in the theft of money orders that were originally intended to pay state tax obligations of two
Harkness was indicted for two counts of theft by taking for her alleged role in the theft of the money orders, each a felony punishable by one to fifteen years imprisonment (O.C.G.A. §§ 16-8-2 and 16-8-12). The alleged alteration of the money orders changing the payee from the Department of Revenue to Lawanda Harkness formed the basis for two counts of first degree forgery, a felony punishable by one to ten years imprisonment (O.C.G.A. § 16-9-1).
Assistant Attorney General Greg Lohmeier is prosecuting the case on behalf of the State of
Members of the public should keep in mind that indictments contain only allegations against the individual(s) against whom the indictment is sought. A defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty, and it will be the government’s burden at trial to prove the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt of the allegations contained in the indictment.