The operations director of the local nonprofit Good Shepherd Foundation was arrested Monday evening. According to Bartow County Sheriff’s Office records, Cartersville resident Misty Dawn Baynard is facing more than 40 counts of felony theft by taking, with the alleged offenses dating back to April 2019.
Online BCSO records indicate Baynard, 42, is also facing two counts of exploitation and intimidation of disabled adults, elder persons and residents.
The Daily Tribune News obtained a heavily redacted BCSO incident report dated July 1.
In that write-up, a BCSO deputy indicated that he met with a complainant at the Frank Moore Administration and Judicial Center in reference to alleged theft and identity fraud transpiring at the Good Shepherd Foundation facility at 66 Gilreath Road in Cartersville.
The complainant alleged that Baynard continued to write checks to a terminated employee, also accusing her of issuing fraudulent Good Shepherd Foundation checks to an unspecified business account.
The incident report also contains allegations that Baynard wrote checks to an unnamed “college level” recipient and had cashed checks “at an undisclosed location” for the account of another unnamed third party.
According to a BCSO press release, Baynard allegedly took approximately $45,000 from the foundation over a roughly one year period.
The foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that offers training, evaluations and employment services for physically and developmentally disabled adults.
The organization received a $750,000 Community Development Block Grant via the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) in 2019.
, Bartow County Grant Writing Department Director Valerie Gilreath said the funding would allow the organization to purchase and renovate its current facilities.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Baynard remained in custody at the Bartow County Jail on a $205,000 property bond. BCSO records indicate she was released from detention on Wednesday afternoon.