From the GBI:
On Wednesday, March 17, 2021, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested Kimberly Lynn Davis, 43, and Barbara Nicole Rayburn, 25, both of Rome, Ga. Davis was charged with Theft by Taking, Theft by Deception, Theft by Conversion, and Financial Transaction Card Fraud. Rayburn was charged with Theft by Deception.
The Floyd County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the arrests. The arrests were the result of an investigation into questionable financial transactions from funds belonging to the Sexual Assault Center of Northwest Georgia. Davis, the former Executive Director, was terminated from employment in July 2019.
On July 12, 2019, the GBI was requested by the Floyd County District Attorney’s Office to investigate. The GBI investigation resulted in the identification of over $22,000.00 of funds from the Sexual Assault Center of Northwest Georgia intentionally being used by Davis for personal gains instead of official needs of the center. Rayburn accepted money from Davis after the two falsely claimed that Rayburn was a contract employee of the Sexual Assault Center of Northwest Georgia.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the GBI Calhoun Regional Office at 706-624-1424. Tips can also be submitted by calling 1-800-597-TIPS(8477), online at https://gbi.georgia.gov/submit-tips-online, or by downloading the See Something, Send Something mobile app.
The former director of the Sexual Assault Center of Northwest Georgia has been charged with four felonies involving the alleged theft of more than $20,000 from the agency.
Floyd County Jail records show Kimberly Lynn Davis, 43, of Rome is charged with: Theft by taking; financial card fraud; theft by deception; and theft by conversion.
The following is a statement from Tannika King, president of the group’s board of directors:
“Kim Davis was terminated as executive director of the Sexual Assault Center of NWGA in July 2019 after our Board of Directors became aware of some questionable financial transactions. We immediately turned that information over to law enforcement and the GBI has been pursuing the investigation. We are glad to see progress in this matter and look forward to a resolution. Because this is an ongoing investigation, all questions should be directed to the GBI.”
We have notes into the GBI for additional information.