VALDOSTA -- Former Valdosta-Lowndes County Family YMCA Business Manager Toni Fillyaw posted a $10,000 unsecured bond Wednesday morning in Albany.

Pamela Lightsey, community relations specialist for the Middle District of Georgia's U. S. Attorney's Office, said Fillyaw voluntarily surrendered, was processed, and then released on bond. She said the next step will be either a motions hearing or a pre-trial hearing, depending on how Fillyaw's attorney decides to handle her case.

"We don't know yet when that will be," Lightsey said.

The next trial term in Valdosta, she said, is the week of Oct. 6 with pre-trial hearings on Sept. 8. However, Fillyaw's case may not be scheduled for that trial term.

Fillyaw was indicted on Aug. 21 by a federal grand jury on charges stemming from a missing funds investigation at the 2424 Gornto Road facility.

The U.S. Attorney's Office and Valdosta Division of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia are handling her case.

According to the indictment, Fillyaw "did unlawfully embezzle, steal, and otherwise without authority knowingly convert to her own use property having a value in excess of $5,000" from Oct. 1, 1999, to Nov. 30, 2002, while serving as business manager of the YMCA." The exact amount will not be known until a team from Dame and Miller LLP, local certified public accountants, complete their audit for the YMCA's financial records.

For the past six months, representatives from the accounting firm have been identifying and correcting accounting discrepancies between the bank balances shown on internal financial statements and the actual bank balances maintained by Bank of America discovered in early December 2002. The report is expected to be completed in a week.

Already, YMCA officials know they owe state and federal governments about $1 million as certain tax documents were not properly prepared and/or filed over the past four years.

Fillyaw's alleged misconduct is in violation of Title 18 of Section 666 of the United States Code, according to the indictment.

John Davis, chairman of the YMCA's Board of Directors, was unavailable for comment Thursday.



To contact reporter Jessica Pope, please call 244-3400, ext. 255.

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