Former director Melissa Tolbert accused of stealing funds from Georgia ethics association

The GBI said 42-year-old Melissa Branyon Tolbert, a former director of the Constitutional Officers Association of Georgia, faces five counts of felony theft by taking.

Former director Melissa Tolbert accused of stealing funds from Georgia ethics association
Melissa Branyon Tolbert

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation say they charged a woman with stealing from an organization that promotes ethical standards for law enforcement, courts and local tax commissions.

According to the report, 42-year-old Melissa Branyon Tolbert, a former director of the Constitutional Officers Association of Georgia was arrested by the GBI on five counts of felony theft by taking. Sources claim that Ms. Tolbert stole close to $100,000 from the COAG.

The GBI said officers of COAG reported Tolbert made multiple "unauthorized" transactions while employed with COAG from May 2018 to June 2022. The GBI said she had access to the stolen funds while with COAG.

"COAG has been made aware of the arrest of Melissa Tolbert earlier today with five counts of theft by taking," COAG President Cindy Cannon said on Sept. 27. "COAG has been working closely to assist the GBI with the investigation. At this time, we are not able to discuss specifics due to the ongoing investigation."

The GBI and COAG asked anyone with information to contact GBI investigators at 706-552-2309.