A former bookkeeper for the Glynn County Superior Court Clerk, who was indicted last week on 70 counts of theft by taking from the clerk’s office, surrendered himself to the Glynn County Sheriff’s Office Saturday.
Larry Morten called ahead to let the sheriff’s office know he was coming in, said Undersheriff Ron Corbett. Glynn County Detention Center staff booked him at 11:09 a.m. Saturday morning, and Morten posted the $120,058 bail on the same day. He was released at 12:48 p.m.
A Glynn County grand jury charged Morten last Wednesday with 70 counts of theft by taking for allegedly stealing roughly $76,008 from the clerk’s office between Oct. 21, 2008, and March 21, 2014, according to the indictment. The Prosecuting Attorney’s Council of Georgia is handling the prosecution.
The indictment alleges Morten took checks drafted from three accounts managed by the clerk’s office — the child support receiver, Magistrate Court and Superior Court escrow accounts — and deposited them into his own bank account.
Conditions for his release included turning in a current passport, appearing at Superior Court for all scheduled hearings, keeping the Clerk of Superior Court apprised of his current mailing or physical addresses and waving his Fourth Amendment rights to freedom from unreasonable search and seizure, among others. He is also unable to leave the state without permission from a Superior Court judge.
Former deputy clerk Darren Jones reported the money missing in 2014, estimating around $94,000 had been taken. Morten was later fired by former Superior Court Clerk Lola Jamsky in January 2015 for misappropriation of funds, according to county officials.
An audit completed in 2016 by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation found more than $673,000 missing.
Current clerk Ron Adams requested the Glynn County Commission do its own forensic audit into the clerk’s finances to find out where the missing money belongs and where it had gone. The audit began in January and is still ongoing.
Adams declined to estimate how long the county’s audit would take, and said the auditor is looking at records from a wider timeframe than the GBI.