A former Duvall Automotive employee accused of stealing money from the company during several years of employment was free on bond Wednesday morning, following his arrest Friday on numerous felony charges.
Clifton R. Lafevers, 41, of Clayton, was arrested at 5:40 p.m. Friday for a violation of the Georgia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act and 66 other charges, including multiple counts of felony theft by taking and multiple counts of computer theft.
Lafevers faced an original bond of $363,000, with no bond set on the violation of the Georgia RICO Act. Assistant District Attorney Maggie Hastings said Tuesday afternoon a conference call with Supreme Court Judge Rusty Smith led to a lower bond of $75,000. Lafevers bonded out on Monday, according to the Rabun County Sheriff's Office.
The investigation, spearheaded by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, is ongoing, according to Hastings and the sheriff's office. Hastings said additional charges are pending the results of the investigation.
A GBI press release said it was contacted by the Mountain Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office to investigate an internal theft at Duvall Automotive. GBI sought assistance from the sheriff's office for Lafevers' arrest.
Jeff Duvall, owner of Duvall Automotive, said Monday he terminated Lafevers' employment June 3 after confronting Lafever with the accusation of stolen money.
"We've been working with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation," Duvall said.
Duvall said a total amount of money stolen was not yet available.