Woman charged with theft
25-year-old accused of stealing money from city

COVINGTON - A 25-year-old Covington woman was taken into custody by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation on Thursday afternoon for allegedly using funds from the city of McDonough to purchase airline tickets for her own personal use.

According to GBI spokesman John Bankhead, the suspect, Leslie Chrysler, former director of the McDonough Hospitality and Tourism Board, reportedly used $6,000 from the board's checking account to purchase tickets from Delta for a flight to Hawaii.

Chrysler resigned her position as director of the tourism board shortly after the allegations surfaced in September, which is also when McDonough authorities contacted the GBI to assist with the investigation, Bankhead said.

She was arrested at her home on Dearing Woods Lane just after 3 p.m. and taken to the Henry County Jail. Chrysler has been charged with theft by taking.

Authorities are also investigating the possibility that Chrysler may have used other city funds improperly, according to Bankhead.

"It's a continuing investigation and additional charges are possible," he said.

Joel Griffin can be reached at joel.griffin@newtoncitizen.com.