As head of the foundation, Cook collected and handled cash during fundraisers for the foundation and also purchased advertising. Cook used her position to funnel money from both the foundation and the college to herself through several local girls’ softball teams. She did this by claiming that the foundation was buying advertising. She also kept money raised at a fundraiser for herself. Cook ultimately stole over $25,000.
“The West Georgia Technical College Foundation entrusted Dawn Cook with the responsibility of leading and managing the organization, and she violated that trust by pilfering its coffers,” said Attorney General Olens. “It is shameful that she used several high school softball teams as fronts for embezzling funds from the foundation.”
Judge John Simpson sentenced Cook under the First Offender Act to five years probation, $25,067 restitution and 200 hours community service.