Dunn faces arraignment March 7

Jeffery Mark Dunn, the former chief executive officer of North Georgia Medical Center, will appear in Gilmer County Superior Court on March 7 to be arraigned for allegedly embezzling funds from the hospital by falsely registering himself and other employees for conferences they never attended.

Dunn, 50, of 208 Weatherstone Point in Woodstock, faces 45 counts of felony theft by deception and one count of violation of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO, a felony. 

After his arrest in February 2015, Gilmer sheriff’s office investigators alleged Dunn stole around $1 million from the hospital over a two-year period. He was fired from the hospital in September 2013. 

Earl Whiteley, who followed Dunn as CEO at North Georgia Medical, was asked about Dunn’s firing after the arrest but did not allude to it directly.

“The hospital, financially, has not performed as it should have in the qualification of the budget and times that we live in today,” he said. “As a result, management felt it was time for a change.”

One investigator said after Dunn’s arrest the investigation had been underway for more than a year. Whiteley said SunLink Health System officials — the parent company of North Georgia Medical — had also been aware of the financial probe and cooperated with investigators.

Capt. Calvin Wilson said between Jan. 1, 2012, and Dec. 31, 2013, Dunn “received payment for the registration (of conferences) that was never returned ... on numerous accounts.” A report on the case cited hospital staff members as drawing attention to financial discrepancies.

Dunn will have an opportunity to plead guilty or not guilty at the arraignment, according to a court spokeswoman.

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