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Police say woman took money from senior center

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Joan Wood leaves the Gaffney Police Dept. (Jan. 30, 2012/FOX Carolina) Joan Wood leaves the Gaffney Police Dept. (Jan. 30, 2012/FOX Carolina)
GAFFNEY, SC (AP/FOX Carolina) -

Gaffney police said the former executive director of a senior center was accused of misusing the center's money.

Police said on Jan. 24 they received a report that Joan Wood, 54, had possibly misused or misdirected funds that belonged to the Senior Centers of Cherokee County.

Following their investigation, detectives signed a warrant on Wood, charging her with embezzlement of public funds less than $10,000.

Officers said Wood was the executive director for about three to four years and left the position in September 2011.

Police said information received from the center's current leaders led to the discovery that several checks were written in the names of direct family members and then deposited into Wood's personal bank accounts.

Wood turned herself into police Monday afternoon.

Wood had worked at the agency that provides programs, activities and support for senior citizens since 1996. She had been director for the past several years. 

Detective Sgt. Brian Blanton said between June and August, Wood deposited money for the Senior Centers into her personal account and wrote checks to family members. 

Blanton said staff members discovered discrepancies while preparing tax documents.

Copyright 2012 FOX Carolina (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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