Magazine article The Christian Century

Koinonia's Former Head Arrested for Theft

Magazine article The Christian Century

Koinonia's Former Head Arrested for Theft

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The former executive director of Koinonia Partners, a Christian community near Americus, Georgia, was arrested February 29 and charged with theft. An investigator said Debra Lilly stole money and property from the community during her tenure as executive director between December 1997 and May 1999.

Lilly was arrested at her home in nearby Albany, Georgia, by deputies from the Sumter County sheriff's office. Investigator Warren Campbell said deputies recovered a 1997 Chrysler LHS purchased with Koinonia funds. Lilly had converted the title to her name, he said, and had changed the vehicle's identification number in an attempt to conceal it.

According to Campbell, Lilly initially denied she did anything wrong but eventually admitted she had taken the car and other items belonging to Koinonia, including major appliances, a TV and a computer. He also said she admitted writing $23,000 in checks to herself. "She said she felt she wasn't being paid enough and wanted a reward for the hard work she was doing," Campbell added.

David Good, chairman of Koinonia's board of directors, said the board made the decision last fall to press criminal charges against Lilly after she resigned in May and it was discovered there were missing items. …

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