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A former secretary for the Lookout Mountain Drug Task Force was arrested on Friday on charges related to theft.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested Danielle Sprouse, 38, and charged her with 10 counts of financial card theft and one count of theft by taking, according to a news release from the GBI.

"On April 21, 2021, the Walker County Sheriff's Office and Lookout Mountain DTF asked the GBI regional investigative office in Calhoun to conduct an investigation in reference to missing funds from DTF accounts and DTF credit card fraud charges," the release said. "The investigation showed that the thefts happened from Jan. 1, 2019, to Jan. 1, 2020."

Sprouse was booked into the Walker County Jail, the release said.

"The investigation is active and ongoing," the release said. "Once the investigation is complete, it will be given to the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit for prosecution."

The Lookout Mountain Drug Task Force was formed in 1990 to combat drug distribution in Chattooga County, the city of LaFayette, the city of Fort Oglethorpe, Dade County and Walker County. The Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit includes Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade and Walker counties.

— Compiled by Andrew Wilkins

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